The Formula One paddock has reacted in shock to the death of a marshal who was hit by a recovery vehicle during the Canadian Grand Prix. As the marshals busied themselves recovering Esteban Gutiérrez’s stricken Sauber towards the end of the race, one was unseen trying to recover a dropped radio, and he was hit by the crane vehicle, later dying from his injuries in hospital.
The FIA have issued a message of condolence from Preisdent Jean Todt, saying: “All over the world, it is men and women like him who make possible the organisation of motorsport events. Without these thousands of volunteers who give their all selflessly, motorsport would simply not get off the starting line.”
The drivers have been paying their own tributes via many social networks, with Fernando Alonso saying: “Today there is nothing to celebrate.” Jenson Button added: “Shocked and saddened by the news that a marshal who there to keep us safe has lost his life during our race today.” And Lewis Hamilton mentioned the amazing job the marshals do, finishing: “Thoughts and prayers for him and his family.”
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