A marshal died at Sunday’s Formula One Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. The marshal was hit by a recovery vehicle while he was helping the team take a car back to the pits towards the end of the Canadian GP. The sports governing body, the FIA, confirmed the news following the race.
A statement hours after stated that a member of the Notre Dame Automobile Club had died in a Montreal hospital from the injuries he received after being hit by a truck.
The sad news was described as “an unfortunate accident”. The statement went on to say that “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 … Unfortunately, the worker succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.”
The FIA went onto send their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the man.
Formula One’s marshals do a terrific job at each and every race throughout the year’s calendar, and are held in the highest regard by those who follow the sport for their exceptionally efficient and impressive work as volunteers.
The race was won by Red Bull‘s reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who claimed his third victory this season in a dominant performance.