F1 community pays tribute to Dan Wheldon

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Dan Wheldon

The tragic death of Dan Wheldon yesterday has touched many in and around the F1 community.

Drivers and team members, past and present, have paid tribute to the IndyCar racer, who died yesterday a crash in Las Vegas.

Here is a selection of the messages they have sent over the last 24 hours.

Lewis Hamilton

This is an extremely sad day. Dan was a racer I?d followed throughout my career, as I often followed in his footsteps as we climbed the motorsport ladder in the UK.

He was an extremely talented driver, as a British guy, who not only went over to the States but who twice won the Indy 500. This is a tragic loss at such a young age. My heart goes out to his family and friends during this extremely difficult time.

Jenson Button

Just woken up to the most horrific news. I have so many good memories of racing with Dan in the early nineties, a true fighter.

We’ve lost a legend in our sport but also a great guy. I can’t begin to imagine what his family are going through and my thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.

Michael Schumacher

All of us, we try to convince ourselves constantly that motorsport nowadays is so safe that nobody has to lose his life, but then unfortunately that`s still wishful thinking.

I have heard this morning about the terrible accident which caused Dan Wheldon to die, and it just left me shocked and speechless. My thoughts are now with his family.

Mark Webber

Rest in Peace Dan. I remember our early days in the UK ’95/96. Miss ya.

Rubens Barrichello

Just got out from the plane and got the terrible news about the death of our friend Dan Wheldon. Will always remember the great times we had at karting in Brazil my friend. Rest in peace.

Paul di Resta

Very sad news that a great racer died. Rest in peace Dan. Thoughts are with your family.

Jaime Alguersuari

Heard about the bad news rest in peace Dan.

Heikki Kovalainen

Very sad to read Dan Wheldon has died, RIP.

Pastor Maldonado

Sorry about Wheldon, we have to work and increasing safety on the tracks, especially on the ovals.

Sergio Perez

How sad to hear the news of Dan Wheldon!

Jerome D’Ambrosio

RIP Dan Wheldon.

Karun Chandhok

Just bumped into Mark Webber in Singapore airport who told me the shocking news about Dan Wheldon. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Narain Karthikeyan

A sad day for motorsport – amidst all of its easy to forget that hazards of motor-racing still exist. RIP Dan Wheldon.

Pedro de la Rosa

Our thoughts go to Dan Wheldon’s family. Can not imagine what they are going through. Always on our mind.

Gary Paffett

Tragically Dan Weldon has been killed in the crash at Vegas today. A massive loss to the motorsport world. He was a star and a real nice guy. The untimely death of Dan Wheldon at the peak of his career has really reminded me of how cruel Motor Racing can be. We have lost a star!

McLaren

RIP Dan Wheldon. We pass on our condolences to his family and friends. Our thoughts are with them.

Williams

A tragic loss of a great motorsport talent who will be missed by so many. Our thoughts are with Dan Wheldon’s family and friends.

Sauber

Yesterday was one of the bad days of motorsport. Our thoughts are with all involved and especially Dan Wheldon’s family and team.

Lotus

We would like to add our thoughts and prayers to the multitude of people paying respect to Dan Wheldon. A true Champion has passed away. RIP.

Virgin

From all at Marussia Virgin Racing, our heartfelt condolences to Dan Wheldon’s family and friends. A tragic loss for them and for motorsport.

Petronas Motorsports

Tragic news on IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon’s death yesterday. Sincere condolences to his family from us at Petronas Motorsports.

Alan Permane (Renault)

My thoughts go out to his family and friends and all my mates working in IndyCar. RIP Dan.

Rene Dias Torcato (Renault)

Woke up to the news of a massive stunt in IndyCar to find out the shock news of Dan Wheldon losing his life. Extremely terrible news. RIP.

Riad Asmat (Lotus)

Truly sad to hear about Dan Wheldon, very very unfortunate.

Tom Webb (Lotus)

RIP Dan Wheldon. He was a Great Briton, a rare talent and a magnificent ambassador for the motorsport community worldwide. Thoughts also with Julian and all at CSS. They went through this in ’94 with Ayrton so hope they can navigate next days and months with strength.

Paul Hembery (Pirelli)

Terrible to wake up to news of Dan Wheldon’s death racing in Vegas. RIP and my sincere condolences to his wife and children.

Enrique Bernoldi

I still cant believe what happened yesterday, RIP my friend Dan Wheldon my thoughts are with your family and friends. We’re gonna miss you, God bless.

Mark Blundell

RIP Dan Wheldon, my thoughts go to his family, loss of a great young talent and nice guy. Racing can be so cruel at times. RIP Indy 500 winner. Days like this are never easy for any driver old and young, brings home the risk and underlines in bold, make tougher when you know the guy!

Martin Brundle

It’s so so sad about Dan Wheldon. Deepest condolences to his wife and young children along with family and friends. This is a cruel sport.

Luciano Burti

Really sad with Dan Wheldon’s death in Indy. An ex-rival in the British race tracks that became a friend. All my thoughts to his family.

Anthony Davidson

Spent so many races trying to match Daniel as we grew up and raced together. I’m utterly devastated to hear the sad news. RIP Dan.

Robert Doornbos

RIP Dan Wheldon. What a great champion and colleague! My thoughts and prayers are with Dan and his family!

Christian Fittipaldi

My prayers and thoughts to Dan’s family and friends.

Emerson Fittipaldi

Very sad day! Two times Indy 500 winner! Great Champion! All my condolences and love to Dan Wheldon’s family! I have seen many fine men/racers leave us prematurely over my lifetime, it is an unfortunate part of our sport. Godspeed Dan Wheldon.

Johnny Herbert

Just read the sad news. My thoughts to all his family and friends. RIP Dan.

Nigel Mansell

“Just heard the dreadful news of Dan Wheldon we send our thoughts and condolences to his family. A great young man with so much talent.”

Perry McCarthy

Very sad to hear the terrible news of Dan Wheldon. RIP mate.

Allan McNish

Rest in peace Dan, we will miss you. All my thoughts are with the Wheldons right now. Sad day.

Tiago Monteiro

Still can’t get over it. So sad. Specially having such young kids. [...] I only met him once, was a lovely guy. A tragic loss!

Juan Pablo Montoya

Life is not fair. We are gonna miss a really great guy. Dan we are gonna miss you.

Tiff Needell

Dan Wheldon the little kid I interviewed for a Top Gear karting special long ago who would be a double Indy winner now gone forever – RIP.

Max Papis

Here thinking of all my IndyCar friends, I never though we would have gone trough again this after Greg… let’s learn out of it.

Nelson Piquet Jnr

Can’t believe the news of Dan Wheldon. My prayers for his family and closer friends.

Antonio Pizzonia

What a tragedy! Hard to believe. RIP, my friend!

Takuma Sato

I am so deeply sad for Dan Wheldon?s family. He was a great competitor and gentleman. All his friends in motorsport will miss him deeply.

Scott Speed

All I keep thinking about is how we can help his family! It’s impossible to imagine what they must be going through right now. So damn sad.

Justin Wilson

Just don’t know what to say. So many thought that are mixed up right now. Dan is one of the Indycar greats. Thoughts with his family.

Sakon Yamamoto

Very shocking news [...] it’s very very sad for motorsport. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. RIP Dan Wheldon.

Alex Yoong

Rest in peace Dan, A true competitor in the prime of his life. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. He will be missed.

Derek Warwick

British Racing Drivers’ Club president Derek Warwick sent the following statement on behalf of the club:

“On behalf of the British Racing Drivers? Club (BRDC), I wish to extend my sincere sympathies to Dan?s wife Susie and their boys Sebastian and Oliver, as well as the rest of his family and his team following the tragic news of his death in a racing accident yesterday at Las Vegas in the final Indy Car Series round of the year.

“The BRDC is extremely proud of Dan and all that he achieved and was achieving in the United States. He was undoubtedly one of the great talents of his generation as his racing results testified. Two victories in the Indy 500 put him in a very select group of drivers and having won the Rookie of the Year honours in 2003 it was no surprise that he should win the Indy Car Championship in 2005. Dan followed this in 2006 by winning the BRDC Gold Star, beating the likes of Jenson Button, Mark Webber, David Coulthard and Dario Franchitti to this coveted award.

“Dan was a true professional and a great ambassador for the sport. He was highly focused in the way he approached his racing and a real perfectionist. He pushed himself, and those he worked with, hard to produce results that were worthy of his talents and that fed his insatiable hunger to win. With his film-star good looks and athletic prowess, it was no wonder that the American public took him to their hearts.

“In the BRDC we will remember Dan as a great racing driver who was very much involved with the Club and our circuit at Silverstone during the formative years of his career. Dan was, for many years, part of the BRDC ??Rising Stars? young driver programme. So proud of this recognition was he, that even after qualifying to be a Full Member of the BRDC he chose to remain a Rising Star, as he felt it represented what he was and helped the Indy Car world understand where he was set on going; to the very top. As a young driver Dan was also a finalist in the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award on two occasions, which was proof, if it was needed, that great things lay ahead of him.

“When Dan did eventually become a Full Member of the BRDC he commented at the time, ‘To be included in a group of such great names makes me feel very special. I will do everything that I can to represent the BRDC in a way that makes you all very proud.’

“Dan Wheldon was a great ambassador for the BRDC and motor sport generally. He will be hugely missed.”

F1 Fanatic

On behalf of the F1 Fanatic community I wish to add my own sincerest regrets and heartfelt support to Dan Wheldon’s family and friends.

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47 comments on F1 community pays tribute to Dan Wheldon

  1. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 18th October 2011, 0:18

    Sad things like this give some reason to get the idea of the close cockpit. Massa had that nearly miss in Hungary and I especially remember once when Coulthard crashed and almost lost his head… scary… let’s hope this kind of accidents doesn’t appear in F1 again.

  2. RumFRESH (@rumfresh) said on 18th October 2011, 1:13

    I was extremely shocked and saddened by the death of Dan Wheldon. I was working at the time and could not see the accident until I got home. Watching that absolutely horrific crash is a solemn reminder of the severe dangers of racing. Thoughts go out to his family, especially his two young children.

  3. ScuderiaVincero (@scuderiavincero) said on 18th October 2011, 1:19

    The racing community has suffered a terrible loss, and will learn as much as it can to ensure this never repeats itself. This is a stark reminder to many in the racing community, drivers, teams, management, and the fans that the pursuit of safety is one that shall never end. Today the racing community has touched the hearts of many with its inspiring show of solidarity and unity, and it shall move forward, with lessons learned from this tragic day.

    Rest in peace Dan Wheldon, our thoughts are with you, and your family.

  4. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 18th October 2011, 2:52

    I wish what happened on Sunday will happen for the last time in any motorsport.Last year we had a thing with in Moto2 the year before we lost Surtees.Motorsports is great but a dangerous & cruel sport.RIP Dan.

  5. silencer (@silencer) said on 18th October 2011, 3:09

    Sad to read this news

    RIP Dan Wheldon.

    I’ve seen Anthony Davidson post on twitter a photo of him, Dan and Jenson during their carting days. While Ant and Jenson go into Formula 1, Dan choose indycar race; I wonder if he ever try to race in F1.

  6. tasimana said on 18th October 2011, 6:02

    This was a horriiying crash and shows how dangerous motor sports can be. As Indy cars get faster and push the limits these things can happen, especially on an oval. The safety of drivers needs to force a rethink on field sizes and the type of tracks they race on.

  7. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 18th October 2011, 8:39

    Still puts a lump in my throat just thinking about it, I just feel so numb. Such a sad day for British motorsport when we should have been celebrating champions.

    The only light out of this is the way the motorsport community has come together and everything I’ve heard/read from them has been really heartfelt and touching.

  8. katederby (@katederby) said on 18th October 2011, 9:12

    Further comments from Mark Webber;

    Formula One driver Mark Webber has paid tribute to friend Dan Wheldon after the Briton lost his life in a horrific IndyCar crash on Monday morning.
    Webber a friend of Wheldon’s when the two were racing in Europe during the genesis of their careers and says the horror crash has affected him.

    “I knew Dan pretty well. We spent time together at Brand’s Hatch working together when we were young,” Webber said.

    “It was good to have a good, jovial friend around.

    “He will be sorely missed. He was a great guy, a great competitor and a star of our sport.

    “It’s a very diverse sport… When you lose someone, it’s close to all of us.

    “His death was an almighty shock. You still toss and turn at night thinking of him and his family.”

  9. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 18th October 2011, 10:01

    I don’t know if anyone’s seen the article in the Daily Mail. If not, then continue not to do so.

  10. The Sri Lankan said on 18th October 2011, 10:19

    t’s still hard to believe what had happened to Dan. as a former Karter and a motorsports enthusiast, its a huge pain to see someone so talented taken away so soon. I pray for dan and the three angels he had left behind. see you on the other side friend.

  11. BasCB (@bascb) said on 18th October 2011, 11:16

    Dallara published their reaction as well:

    Flags flew at half-staff at Dallara Automobili headquarters in Parma, Italy, on Oct. 17.
    “Dan lives in the memory of everybody at Dallara,” company president and founder Gianpaolo Dallara said. “He has been a true champion; not only because of his many victories, but and above everything else, because he has been a true and warm man to all the people he encountered.

    And they have announced that they will name the new car for Wheldon in tribute and memory of him:

    “All people at Dallara always enjoyed meeting him in Italy and in the USA. We will honor his memory for the years to come by dedicating the Dallara IndyCar 2012 in his name. He deserves that.”

    via Twitter (@SBPopOffValve and retweet by @lacanta)

  12. Gubstar said on 18th October 2011, 13:44

    Myself and a friend attended the 2005 German GP at the Nurburgring,(our first overseas F1 trip) and after a great race & weekend (incl record temperatures) we were sat in a large tent next to the circuit with what felt like a 1000 german Schumi fans watching the Indy 500. After seeing Danika leading most of the race we stood up and cheered as Dan took the lead and then won his first 500. Since then we have always followed his career, but this will always be our abiding memory of him as it felt like we were the only 2 brits in Germany that weekend and his win was the cheery on top of the cake. We are still in shock after watching Sundays events live. Unfortunately it reminded me so much of when my hero died in that fateful day in May 1994. Dan, you were a true British champion, one of our greatests exports and one of the nicest men to ever grace motorsport. Such a loss of talent. The poeple running Indycar need to take a long hard look at what makes a “show” for the fans. Our thought and prayers are with his family. RIP Dan Wheldon, you will never be forgotten

  13. The Limit said on 18th October 2011, 17:03

    Very sobering to read all the comments from so many different drivers, not all of whom have driven in F1. On Indycar’s website yesterday there was an even bigger list than this one, including NASCAR top brass and several of their drivers’ including Dale Earnhardt Jnr. Really puts it into perspective reading these comments. These drivers know only too well that it could easily be them at anytime, and sadly its on occasions like this that we are reminded. Sweet dreams #77.

  14. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 18th October 2011, 18:54

    This from Mario Andretti:

    “Dan Wheldon did not take mad risk because he was over-motivated by $5 mil prize. To imply he drove different due to $$, you offend his honour”

    http://twitter.com/MarioAndretti/statuses/126349225826062336

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