Racing driver Giorgio Bartocci survives horrifying accident, his condition improves [updated]

by Michal Kašpárek on May 25, 2010

The celebration of the 80th anniversary of Masaryk circuit went horribly wrong last weekend. Giorgio Bartocci had to be transported to the University hospital in a critical condition after a serious crash of his Lamborghini.

Since the black Saturday, news about Giorgio’s health have been slighlty positive. According to respected Twitter stream MotosportPrint, Giorgio Bartocci has a broken leg, broken ribs and 2nd degree burns to 40% of his body but is now off a respirator.

It was the first serious accident at Automotodrom Brno, considered to be a very safe track, in many years. The rescue operation brought to life some discussions about whether the track marshals were ready for such a big crash or not. Bartocci was trapped in the burning car for one minute and the first one who tried to get him out was an unprotected engineer who got his face burned. According to experts quoted by Czech Twitter stream F1sports, the firefighters did everything in the right way. It seems that racing can never be totally safe. [Updated: Respected blog Jalopnik described the response as even worse than the crash itself. This is not a good mark for the track marshals.]

Let’s hope that accident like this won’t happen any time soon and that Giorgio gets well.

Updated at 5 p.m., May 25

Mr Bartocci was transported to Italy today in stabilized condition. His family appreciated the medical care he received in Brno.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

live witness May 25, 2010 at 4:03 PM

the equipment and behaviour of the firefighters was a disgrace. To describe them as amateurs would be a compliment. The track security precautions and training of staff can be described as negligent in the highest degree.
This man did not survive thanks to, but DESPITE the firefighters!

haqy May 25, 2010 at 8:54 PM

You are absolutely RİGHT ..

larson666 May 25, 2010 at 11:41 PM
Cesar May 26, 2010 at 12:40 AM

I have worked in the safety department for a company a couple years ago, and the first thing to learn about fire extinguishers, is to point the chemical mixture to the burning surface, and not to the flames, as this is the most common mistake while handling an extinguisher, and it happened to most of the firefighters at the scene, however, you have to take in mind 2 more things:
- The fire extinguishers they were carrying were regular office extinguishers, they could have never extinguished the fire with them.
- The temperature at which they were exposed was way higher than we can perceive from the video, I can’t believe how the mechanic without protection actually tried to get close to the car to save him.

Yes the Firefighters were not well trained, and not well provided with the necessary equipment, but the rescue operation itself was quite hard to manage due to the high temperature of the burning fuel.

Jason June 21, 2010 at 6:34 PM

I think many are too harsh on the crash response. There were a lot of firefighters spraying him, they saved his live…no two ways about it.

Adauto June 23, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Please, do you have more news about the driver health situation? I’m from Brazil and since the accident I try all the ways to know news about him. Hope He be ok.

Michal Kašpárek June 23, 2010 at 8:49 PM

Aduato> I have been missing any news since the driver left Brno. However at that time, his condition was stabilised and he had a good chance of getting well.

Adauto June 28, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Thanks Michal. I’ll pray to him get well soon.

len collins September 19, 2010 at 1:01 PM

the safety team were very amaturish but i feel this is a problem across the former eastern block countries, they are still 10 years behind the rest of europe.

Anonymous September 29, 2010 at 6:55 PM

To Ien Collins….and western europe is 10 years behind north america…so chill. Unless you’re in the situation, you don’t know how you would do. Bottom line is….they saved him. So obviously they didn’t do so bad. It’s like the saying goes….”Everyone’s a General after the battle”

Maybe you wanna look what happened to Abbott. The only reason he survived is because he actually crawled out of the car himself.

Canuck September 29, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Look at this site and tell me at which point did the intelligance left? Marshall running onto a track….WHEN THERE IS RACE STILL GOING ON!!! This is where I would say: western europe is 10 years behind north america.

XSNRGY March 24, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Hope he is ok, has anyone got the latest update please

Corey March 27, 2011 at 10:28 PM

It’s easy for some people to talk, but believe me, those were extreme temperatures, It’s easy to criticise the marshalls, but had they focussed on trying to get him out and not extinguishing the flames, the fire would have gotten even more out of control and consumed the driver, as it got hotter it would have made the car impossible to get to and the driver would have died, given the equipment they had, it was a top class job.

Suck,Fuck May 29, 2011 at 9:32 AM

this call noob

Anwar December 23, 2011 at 9:53 AM

To Canuck:

I don’t think North America is 10 years ahead:

fergal & son ben December 31, 2012 at 10:09 PM

hi folks,

does any one have any update on the condition of (the Racing driver-) Giorgio Bartocci? i am trying to scan google news, but cant get much info. is he fit & well again? or even still racing?


fergal + ben


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