Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix: Drivers Lead Tributes To Marshal

Neil JamesFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2013

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 09:  Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 9, 2013 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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The Formula One world has paid tribute to the marshal who died at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The unnamed man, 38, had done the job for 10 years. He died from injuries sustained after being hit by a recovery vehicle while helping to remove the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez. The Mexican had crashed seven laps from the end of the race.

It is the first time a marshal has lost his life at a grand prix since Graham Beveridge was killed by flying debris at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix. The previous year, Paolo Ghislimberti died after being struck by a wheel at the Italian Grand Prix.

Tributes have poured in following the news. World Champion Sebastian Vettel said:

I am very, very sad to hear this news and my thoughts are with his family and friends.

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 motorsport.

Former champions Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button released statements on Twitter.

Today there is nothing to celebrate. Terrible news arrive with the death of a marshal this race. Very sad. R.I.P.

—Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) June 9, 2013

 

Really sad to hear about a marshal being killed at the Canadian GP. The marshals do an amazing job. Thoughts & prayers for him & his family

— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) June 10, 2013

 

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

— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) June 10, 2013

 

FIA released a statement that said:

The FIA, l’Automobile Club de l’Île Notre-Dame and the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada want to communicate their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim.

The tragedy is a stark reminder of the dangers faced every weekend by the men and women who give up their timeusually free of chargeto keep drivers and spectators safe at races.

They are the sport's true unsung heroes. The drivers and teams take all the plaudits, but without the marshals there would be no F1.

The Montreal Gazette states that the man's family have requested that his name not be made public at this time.