Martin Donnelly will drive a Lotus 102 for the first time since his career-ending crash

Former F1 driver Martin Donnelly will get behind the wheel of a Lotus F1 102 chassis for the first time since his career-ending crash at the 1990 Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.

The Northern Irishman – who started 12 Grands Prix for Team Lotus in 1990 – will run in the car at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed event this weekend.

Donnelly suffered life-threatening injuries when his car slammed into the crash barriers at the fastest part of the circuit. His car completely disintegrated and poor Donnelly was thrown onto the track, still strapped to his seat.

But for prompt medical assistance he would certainly have succumbed to his injuries, but he incredibly survived and his recovery was both long and painful.

Having now fully recovered, Donnelly has continued his relationship with the Lotus name as a team owner in the Lotus Elise Trophy and more recently as a race-winner in the Lotus UK Cup.

[Original image via Flickr]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.