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2014-06-05 09:24

TRAGEDY IN MONTREAL: Mark Robinson was killed while removing Sauber's Esteban Gutiérrez's car from the track at the 2013 Canadian GP. Image: YouTube

MONTREAL, Canada - Formula 1 marshals for the 2014 Canadian GP have been trained more thoroughly than before, reports organisers.

In 2013, the city was mourning its first track-side fatality in more than a decade when track marshal Mark Robinson was crushed by a recovery vehicle as he helped to move Esteban Gutierrez's wrecked Sauber.

ORGANISERS FINED

An investigation showed that the crane operator had not been properly trained.

The Montreal workplace safety board reports that its marshals operating cranes at the 2014 Canadian GP are properly trained, reports the Montreal Gazette.

The newspaper said Montreal race promoter Octane and the Notre Dame Island Automobile Club were fined by the board as a result of Robinson's death.

'I AM DEVASTATED'

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

Race promoter Francois Dumontier said Robinson had worked at the track for 10 years: "It's terrible. It tarnishes the superb weekend that we had. I am devastated to learn this. I don't have any other words."
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