The party atmosphere that followed an exciting Canadian Grand Prix was muted by news that a corner worker had succumbed to injuries sustained while clearing up Esteban Gutierrez's stranded Sauber.
The FIA confirmed that the marshal, who has yet to be named, was the victim of a freak accident that occurred during the recovery attempt at turn one towards the end of the grand prix.
The worker, a member of the Automobile Club de l'Île Notre Dame, was apparently attempting to pick up a dropped radio when he stumbled and was hit by the mobile crane that had already collected Gutierrez's car and was making its way back behind the barrier. The driver of the crane was unsighted and had no idea of his colleague's whereabouts.
The injured marshal was transported via helicopter to Sacre-Coeur Hospital, where he was treated by the traumatology department of deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronald Denis, and chief medical officer of the grand prix Dr Jacques Bouchard. Despite their efforts, however, the man succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
would like to add its condolences to those already expressed by the FIA, l'Automobile Club de l'Île Notre-Dame and various members of the F1 fraternity.