Tributes to Formula Two racer Henry Surtees, who has died following an accident in the second race of the weekend at Brands Hatch...
Henry had followed his heart from the time he first sat in a kart. He treated seriously the balance between motorsport and school, having just finished his A-Levels.
The world beckoned and he was thriving on the freedom to concentrate on his motorsport.
Despite bad luck in his motorsport, he had shown himself to be one with the possibilities of reaching the very top. Despite his young age he had shown maturity, technical understanding and speed.
Most importantly he was a nice person and a loving son. He will be deeply missed.
Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of MotorSport Vision:
I am absolutely devastated that-18 year-old Henry Surtees lost his life in an accident in the Formula Two race at Brands Hatch yesterday. This is the saddest time in my 35 years of motor racing and my deepest sympathies are with father John, mother Jane and their daughters Edwina and Leonora, together with other family and friends.
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Following yesterday's tragic accident, the FIA extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Henry Surtees. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.
The FIA is awaiting a report into the incident.
On behalf of UK motor sport, the Motor Sports Association sends it deepest condolences to the family and friends of Henry Surtees who was tragically killed yesterday in the Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch. Our thoughts are with his parents, John and Jane, and the rest of the Surtees family at this difficult time.
Chris Dredge, Formula Two Championship Co-ordinator:
Over the past eight months I was lucky enough to get to know Henry and his father John very well.
When Formula Two was announced I was thrilled that Henry decided to race in the series, just like his father did many years ago. From the first time I met Henry at Bedford Autodrome I was impressed by his maturity and knowledge - he was incredibly friendly, talkative and I knew he would be a talent within the F2 field.
He clearly showed this talent at the first four events, claiming pole position at Brno and then his first podium at Brands Hatch just the day before he died. I am hugely saddened and shocked that the life of this 18-year-old lad has been so cruelly cut short.