Photo of the day: Helmut’s famous helmet
July 2nd 1972. The French Grand Prix of the year is remembered by many for being the day that Helmut Marko was permanently blinded in his left eye by a wayward stone that made its way straight through the front of his visor.
The stone was thrown by Emerson Fittipaldi‘s Lotus, and ended Marko’s racing career instantly. The race was littered with a large volume of tyre punctures from similar stones – many of which were thrown onto the track by drivers cutting corners. Jackie Stewart won the race. Today, Marko works as an adviser for the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team.