A Marshall has succumbed to injuries he suffered during the Canadian Grand Prix, while clearing Esteban Gutierrez’s stricken Sauber.
Gutierrez slid into the barriers at turn 1 on lap 66 of 70 and had to be cleared. In the rush to clear the car before the end of the race, the marshalls were trying to move the Sauber back to the pitlane. The marshall involved, believed to be a 38-year-old man, was steadying the Sauber with two other marshalls when he dropped his radio. Attempting to retrieve it, he was run over by the driver who had not seen the marshall.
The FIA Statement reads, “The FIA is sad to announce the death of a Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada circuit worker, at 6:02 pm.
“The worker, a member of the Automobile Club de l’Ile Notre Dame, was the victim of an unfortunate accident that occurred at the end of this afternoon’s Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada. The worker was helping to recover a car which had stopped during the race. The recovery vehicle had lifted the car to return it to the pits and while doing this the worker dropped his radio and attempted to pick it up. As he did this, he stumbled and was hit and run over by the recovery vehicle.
“The worker was transported via helicopter to Sacre-Coeur Hospital where he was treated by the traumatology department of Dr Ronald Denis, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Dr Jacques Bouchard, Chief Medical Officer of the Grand Prix. Unfortunately, the worker succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
“The FIA, l’Automobile Club de l’Ile 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 identity of the worker cannot be revealed at this time.”
Marshalls volunteer their time to fulfill a vital role in our sport and it’s tragic to see an accident like this happen. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the man.