Singer songwriter NJ Taylor with Sam Wong stand as the Sauber of the Mexican rookie Esteban Gutiérrez is carried by the crane under which a Marshall fell and died earlier in the day, at the Canadian Grand Prix 2013.
Sebastian Vettel has led the formula one drivers in paying tribute to a Canadian Grand Prix marshal who died after being run over by a mobile crane during Sunday’s race in Montreal.
“The work of marshals is not always seen but it is vital to our sport and without their commitment, time and dedication, there would be no motor sport,”
– the world champion and Red Bull’s race winner said on his website on Monday.
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement that the track worker had dropped his radio and attempted to pick it up. In doing so, he stumbled and was hit and run over by the recovery vehicle.
The marshal was the third to die at a grand prix since the turn of the century but the first since Graham Beveridge was killed by a loose tyre that flew through a gap in the safety fence at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix.
An Italian fire marshal, Paolo Ghislimberti, died when he was hit by a wheel at the 2000 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, prompting a review of safety at race tracks and the introduction of improved measures to protect circuit workers.
“My dearest condolences to the family of the marshal who lost his life today, our prayers for him & his family. RIP,” Gutiérrez wrote on his Twitter account.
“Shocked & saddened by the news that a marshal who is there to keep us safe has lost his life during our race today. Rest in peace my friend,” said McLaren’s Jenson Button, winner in Canada in 2011.
“Today there is nothing to celebrate. Terrible news arrive with the death of a marshal this race. Very sad. RIP,” added Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, the two-time world champion who was runner-up to Vettel on Sunday.by