Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2013

Marshal killed following Canadian Grand Prix incident

2013 Canadian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The FIA has confirmed a marshal lost his life following an incident at the circuit following the Canadian Grand Prix.

The following statement was issued by the FIA after today’s race:

“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 One 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.”

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  1. Such a shame, may he rest in peace.

  2. Gasp….. how awful. Such a tragedy.

  3. It’s extremely sad to hear this has happened. These are the people who work to help keep others safe and it’s tragic to learn one of them has lost their life.

    1. Amen to that.

    2. My thoughts exactly. Very sad to read this.

    3. very much so.

      1. Agreed of course. My condolensces to his family and friends. Racing would not happen without these workers, who I believe are virtually all volunteers, so thank you to all volunteers who obviously risk harm doing what they do.

    4. David not Coulthard (@)
      10th June 2013, 14:15


  4. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey)
    10th June 2013, 0:51

    Horrible news.

    In an era where driver safety standards in Formula 1 are as high as they ever have been, it’s far too easy to forget about the dangers that track volunteers face every race weekend just to enable the sport to go racing and for us to enjoy watching the best drivers in the world battling it out in the best cars in the world.

    I feel horrible for the marshal’s family, for his colleagues who will be going through emotional torture at this time and for everyone involved with the Canadian GP who, together, make it one of the most anticipated and celebrated races of the year. A great tragedy for the entire Formula 1 community.

    1. Hear, hear. May he rest in peace.

  5. RIP !
    Marshals do a great job and without them we’d have no racing, this sounds like a bit of a freak accident and is terribly sad news. Thoughts go out to his family and friends and all of the other people working alongside him in Montreal today.

  6. R.I.P. Thoughts with the family.
    It is always a massive shame when someone dies under circumstances like this; it really does highlight how dangerous this sport can become, and the sacrifices and lengths these marshals go to in order to ensure as smooth and enjoyable race. They do not get half the recognition they deserve.

  7. Really sad news. RIP

    I inmediately remembered what Brundle said during the race about that incident, that he’d leave Gutierrez car there, as putting a crane trying to recover a car, with not much of the race left, with marshalls around it, all that very close to the track, was a very dangerous idea. So sad it ended up being that way.

    Such a terrible thing.

    1. Yes . that gives me the chills to think about it now . He said something along the lines of ” Leaving the Sauber is safer than bringing a big vehicle onto the track which might cause some harm ” .

      They have to ensure that this does not repeat especially in street circuits with no run-off areas. Feeling sad for the guy .

      1. i sadly predicted on this site about a month ago i thought the next injury/worse would be a marshal due to some near misses we have had (in cars and bikes).

        When the truck was going down pit lane i said to my brother there had to be better way of doing that, when damon had to jump out of the way.

        The truck was going forward and one of the basics of forklift/and other trucks is when you cant see in front of you due to size of your load you go in reverse and look over your sholder. Its a tragic accident but things like that will be looked at.

    2. In this case the situation happened well after the race, this does not invalidate what Martin Brundle said (which was common sense), but eventually the car had to be removed from that corner to the pits, that is when it happened.

      1. Yep, this inncodent has nothing to do with ‘safty standards’ in F1 really, it was a tradgic accident that could have happen at anytime to anyone regardless of how safe the sport its.

        Condolences to his family, sad.

        1. Though its very tragic things can & must be learned from this.

          The truck was being driven with load infront that was blocking his vision. That shouldnt happen. It was driving down the pit lane with the car in the air. That should not happen. Damon had move the sky guys out of its way. It should be put on the back of a flat bed truck. Not dangling in the air where bits could foll off and do all sorts of damage to others.

          more money should be spent on marshals in F1, sbk, moto gp etc

          Very tragic. My thoughts go to his family.

  8. Terrible news. Marshals often put in a lot of their time to ensure we as spectators can enjoy our motorsports and sometimes for little reward, other than doing what they love.

    My thoughts are with his family and friends. My dad was a marshal at Zandvoort for over 12 years, and I can only imagine how terrible this news is for them…

  9. Dreadful news. It’s important we properly acknowledge the work of these brave volunteers, without whom there would be no motorsport. I’m sure I speak for everyone here by expressing that my thoughts are with his friends, family and colleagues.

  10. I had a sly dig at Canadian marshall’s tripping over at recent GP’s but this is awful news.. Maybe they will come up with a safer method for moving crashed cars in future that doesn’t require people to stablize it.

  11. Such a sad way to end a GP weekend. Marshals are probably the most overlooked people in the sport, and yet they take a much greater risk than most involved. Thoughts with his family

  12. Really sad news. My thoughts are with his family. RIP.

  13. This is so sad, especially since the marshals are all doing this out of their love for the sport and not for fame or fortune. It’s a sobering reminder of how dangerous this sport can be, for drivers, marshals and spectators alike. Thoughts are with his family in this difficult time. RIP.

  14. RIP …. Sad news.

  15. RIP, really unfortunate and tragic.

  16. This is truly sad and shocking news. Deepest condolences to the marshals family and friends.

    But it serves as yet another tragic reminder of the inherent danger that marshals face at every motorsport event.

  17. Heartbreaking.

  18. Horrible news, and it sent a chill down my spine when I read it. The exact same chill when I read about Dan Wheldon.

    Marshalling is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and it’s a huge shame this had to happen. It was only inevitable that it was going to happen again in F1.

    The jobs those men and women do are massively overlooked, and it’s painful to have to come to terms with the first death in our sport for a good 12 years now.

  19. As racing drivers, we are so privileged to have these volunteers to help out of their own accord; without them we wouldn’t be racing and doing what we love to do. Such a shame to hear these stories. May he Rest In Peace and thoughts to the family and friends.

  20. Rui Pedro Moreira
    10th June 2013, 1:45


    indeed it’s a shame but, why are those canadian marshals so clumsy?!

    1. what is wrong with you?

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