5. "All his fears were realized"

Driver: Niki Lauda
Year: 1976
Race: German Grand Prix
Complex Says: Back in 1976, cars weren't built the way they are today. And drivers didn't have as much protection as they do now, either. So while this crash isn't one of the most horrific ones on this list, it did almost end the life of Lauda, who was one of the best Formula One drivers on the circuit at the time. He was injured so badly, in fact, that he was read his last rites after his Ferrari burst into flames. It burnt his face and did a ton of damage to his lungs. Somehow, he was back in the driver's seat just six weeks later. What a G.

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