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. Very sad – a tragedy even. I hope that lessons can be learned and applied to future GP’s to enhance safety not just of competitors, but also marshals, who have a thankless task…

  2. This is particularly sad as it doesn’t sound like something inevitable when it’s clear there’s nothing to do, but more like an unfortunate mix of events, something accidental which could have been avoided. What’s more, he was not doing his job but volunteering to help the event be made possible, it’s thanks to people like him that F1 can continue going on. It’s a shame this has happened and I’m certainly hoping it will never happen again.

  3. That’s terrible to hear, may he/she R.I.P

  4. :( poor guy

  5. Such a sad and tragic news. Condolences to his family and friends.

  6. Rest in peace, and you may be a marshal at the track of the skies, where many of your colleagues and drivers are. :(

  7. Such a wonderful day with blue skies and a good race, this had to happen.
    An accident that just happened, may he Rest In Peace and a salute to him and all marshals out there too.

  8. Oh dear :’-(

  9. R.I.P You will always be loved

  10. A horrible news to hear the death of anyone, i feel really sad for this guy especially because he was in charge of the safety of the drivers and the fans but i do hope that after this incident the FIA will made some extra procedure to guarantee the safety of the Marshals so that no similar accident occurs again
    My thought are with his family and friend

  11. Nathan (@il-ferrarista)
    10th June 2013, 14:05

    Tragic, may he rest in peace…

  12. Very sorry to hear this. It really puts everything in perspective. My heart and prayers go out to family and friends.

  13. Damn, I was there at the race, sitting at the start finish line. We wait in the grandstand and take pictures from there of the podium, and commented on the fact that all the vehicles running around immediately were dangerous, simply due to the fans rushing onto the track towards the podium ceremony. That puts pressure on the marshals and workers to rush, and in this case get the car of Gutierrez out of there and down the pitlane. Heck, David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan had to jump out of its way, along with other media people. I have picture of the vehicle carrying the car in the pitlane that is so much more ominous now, dammit….

    I have no idea why they don’t wait until after the race celebrations to use the various vehicles, move cars and such. I mean, they leave the race cars at the entry of the pitlane at the other end due to all the activity, lining them up for scrutineering.

    My other comment here goes to the firing of the previous FI head doctor, Gary Harstein, disciple to the great Sid Watkins. He was fired by the FIA after last year’s Austin GP for raising safety concerns that apparently ticked off Jean Todt and one other. Rumour is most drivers were not happy about it. Now we have the first death in F1 in a long time.

  14. How terrible

  15. Very sad. Hopefully F1/FIA will do the right thing and see his family (if he has any) is well taken care of.

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