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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71 comments on “Marshal killed following Canadian Grand Prix incident”

  1. Saw this from GS11 and wondered how he fared. They were still taking Gutierrez’ car back to the pits when people started rushing the track to get to the podium. It looked like he was run completely over by the lift. The ambulance came from across the track and was slightly delayed getting to him because of all the fans heading to the podium and then delayed again getting him out just because of how many people were in the area by the time they had him loaded. I suppose under the circumstances he was fortunate to have that much medical attention that close at hand. Even with the crowds the ambulance was out of the area within 5 minutes or so. Tragic that it still wasn’t sufficient to save his life.

    I’m curious, if anyone knows, how much training the marshals have usually or what kind of safety procedures are standard? Earlier in the day we saw another near-miss with two marshals helping a lift remove one of the Formula 1600 cars from the support race. The front left tire was off and the suspension was hanging free and exposed. The two marshals were steadying the car, but as the lift ran over the kerb at T2 the car jerked pretty heavily and one of the marshals had to jump clear of catching a suspension rod in the chest.

    Just have to echo what several other posters have said that this is definitely a sobering glimpse of the risks these guys are taking. I know I’ll look at it differently the next time I’m tempted to complain about how long a sector has been yellow flagged or how long the safety car has been out.

  2. Terrible news. Just put a dampening on the whole weekend. How ironic though as Martin was saying they shouldn’t have tried to move the car from that spot with only 4 laps to go and that double yellows would have been a better option as drivers hate to see crains & marshal’s running around like chickens so close to the track.

  3. I don’t think this incident is relevant to Brundle’s comments as the incident happened after the race and the car would’ve had to be returned to the pits regardless of what they did during the race.

    1. Yeah, I’m not sure this was avoidable. Nothing to with cars on the track or anything else. It might’ve been better to wait until the pits/podium area were clear of fans, but it’s impossible to say if all that activity contributed to the incident at all; and if the car had still been there when the race ended it would’ve been mobbed by fans and the marshals would not have been able to do the recovery safely. Just a tragic accident.

  4. Wow, I was there at the race sitting in the second corner. I did not see the fatal incident, but after the race I went down to the track opening after turn two on the outside after the grandstand to get on the track to run up to see the podium ceremony. Initially they did not let fans on the track, but just a few random vehicles and a couple of small cranes. I thought it was strange that they wanted all these vehicles diving on the circuit when they knew there would also be fans running towards the pits/podium. Once the anthem started playing, they let us out, and I sprinted as hard as I can remember towards the podium, but the marshals were busy moving vehicles and cranes around with all these fans running, and then I realized how dangerous this really was. I was running on the grass between the track and pit exit and even a tow truck followed right behind me on the grass honking for me to get out of the way. I got to the podium as the anthems finished. I think it would have been smarter to keep vehicles off until the podium rush is over. Or not let fans on the track (which would be hard to stop). But with both out there for those 10 minutes, it was chaos. Sad end to a wonderful Weekend.

  5. With all due respect to the family of the deceased, the canadian race organisation really need to get its **** together. The footage of _two_ marshalls stumbling along the side or right into the middle of the track from two (one) years ago still is very clear in my mind.

  6. I may be wrong on this (I’m sure I am) but this is the first safety worker that I’ve heard of being killed since the 2004 death of Roy Weaver at Daytona Speedway in a NASCAR support series race. I mean I’m sure there has been some especially on the local/regional levels across the world, but as far as “big league” races go this is the first I can recall since 2004.

  7. This really is sad news, and a stark reminder of why safety needs to remain paramount in all we do in Motorsport. Myself I am part of the East African Rally Championship, which next week sees our round in Tanzania come to Dar Es Salaam and I will be there as results officer for the week.
    Here in Tanzania we have had a series of safety seminars and meetings over the last few years that aim to tackle this kind of accident directly. Its easy to focus on the safety of the drivers, co-drivers and teams in service park or pits, but lets not forget the people that volunteer and put their lives at risk in other areas of the sport, not least someone like this who was removing the car for the safety of everyone else. I will be bringing this up in the first stewards meeting as a reminder that we all need to pay attention at all times, and that even in the top flight of motorsport (F1) there are accidents that can be as serious as this, and even when no cars are driving at full racing speeds. We need to keep our eyes open at all times, and remember our jobs when running these events anywhere in the world. An accident like this could kill the sport entirely in our country. Thoughts are with his family at this time.

  8. Oh my goodness. Horrible. I think the FIA is going to have to foot the bill and set up a dedicated crash/recovery/tow truck/flat bed team that travels from race to race and has the absolute best gear and best training

  9. THese guys are heroes, and it’s because of them that GP and races in general can be held. They look like ghosts because they have a background job, but a relevant and important jobs, because if wasn’t for them, million of fans worldwide couldn’t see, and enjoy a real race. For them and for his family, my thoughts and thank you, it’s because of them that i can enjoy on the other side of the world the joys of the Gp’s.

  10. Horrible, horrible news, to me made especially dreadful considering Martin Brundle was discussing the dangers of having recovery vehicles out during the race.

    It is such as shame to hear those that serve to protect life losing their own. RIP.

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