We may all crave that excitement and adrenaline of what Formula one provides on race weekends, but spare a thought for the 38-year-old marshal and his family, as well as the crane operator that were involved in the tragic accident earlier today. The marshal in question, who had been working at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve for the last 10 years. has now succumbed to the injuries he sustained whilst Esteban Gutierrez’s Sauber was being recovered from the barrier at Turn 1.
It goes to show just something like this can happen, as the disclaimer on any ticket that gets bought or any media liability waiver clearly states that “motorsport is dangerous”, and is by no means to be taken lightly.
We all can state our opinions about those that are on track, whether it be reference anything good or bad, but there are people like the volunteers that marshal tracks across the world that do a fantastic job every race weekend, as the orange army ensure safety at all times.
These people are every day individuals who have a true love and passion for motorsport, just like everyone else, and love the thrill of cars racing around tracks, whilst helping to ensure that safety for all that are competing is paramount.
Without this dedicated flock of men and women, who have full-time jobs, as well as families and children, racing would not be as well policed as it is now, so the utmost respect must be given to these brave people in orange for what they do for the world of racing. Personallly knowing some of these people through my travels in the racing world, it makes it all the more closer to home, as it could happen to anybody, so let us all send our prayers and sincerest condolences to the people who this unfortunate tragedy has affected.
Let us not forget…
(Images courtesy of darrenholmes.co.uk and team-bhp.com)