Jun.10 (GMM/Inautonews.com) The F1 world is mourning its first fatality in over a decade, after a track marshal was killed in the wake of Sunday’s Canadian grand prix.
Photographs depict the marshal, whose identity has not been revealed, holding the rear wheel of Esteban Gutierrez’s car steady as a recovery vehicle returned the Sauber to the pits.
“The worker dropped his radio and attempted to pick it up,” read a statement issued by the governing FIA.
“As he did this, he stumbled and was hit and run over by the recovery vehicle.”
The marshal was airlifted to hospital but he died shortly afterwards.
“It’s terrible,” race promoter Francois Dumontier is quoted by AP news agency.
“It tarnishes the superb weekend that we had. I am devastated to learn this. I don’t have any other words.”
F1’s last fatality, in Melbourne in 2001, was also the death of a trackside marshal.