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2013-06-10 07:39

SAD END TO A GREAT RACE: A track worker has been killed in a freak incident after removing Sauber driver's Esteban Gutiérrez's car from the track at 2013 Canadian GP. Image: YouTube

MONTREAL, Canada - A track worker at the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix was killed after being run over by a recovery vehicle removing a car from the circuit.

The marshal, who wasn't identified, died in hospital.


Formula 1 spokesman Matteo Bonciani said the marshal dropped his radio after a recovery vehicle lifted Formula 1 driver Esteban Guitterez’s Sauber from the track. As he attempted to pick it up, he stumbled and was hit and run over, Bonciani said.

Race promoter Francois Dumontier said the man was 38 years old and had worked at the track for 10 years.

Dumontier said: "It's terrible. It tarnishes the superb weekend that we had. I am devastated to learn this. I don't have any other words."

Wheels24 Formula 1 reporter Dieter Rencken said: "One thing certainly never wished for is fatality during a grand prix, and sadly a marshal paid the ultimate price for his passion when he was inadvertently run over by a recovery vehicle which moved Esteban Guitterez’s Sauber after the rookie crashed on cold tyres on his ‘out’ lap following a pit stop.

"Our thoughts go out to the family of the volunteer, whose name had not been released at time of closing for press."

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