“Heroes of Our Sport” – F1 Community Including Norris & Hamilton React to Tragic Demise of Marshall at Brands Hatch

Published 08/01/2021, 4:48 AM EDT
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It’s a dark day for the world of motorsport, as a marshal lost his life, after a horrible incident at the Brands Hatch circuit in Britain. F1 teams and drivers such as McLaren, Aston Martin, George Russell, Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris, and Damon Hill took to Twitter to share their condolences as the family goes through this dark phase.

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Several big entities speaking out on the tragedy perfectly encapsulates the sense of community that exists in the world of motorsport.

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Russell and McLaren share a heartfelt message for the passing of a marshal

The marshals are present for the safety of all drives, as they zip around the circuit. They have often saved the lives of drives who have sustained horrible crashes. The most notable being, when last year Romain Grosjean had a fiery crash in Bahrain; due to the presence of a marshal, the French driver made it out.

Hence, the world of motorsport is in mourning, as they have lost someone, who is on standby for their safety. The Williams driver and the Woking-based outfit took to social media, as they were saddened to hear about the passing of a marshal.

Russell wrote, “So saddened to hear that a volunteer marshal lost their life at Brands Hatch yesterday. These men and women give up their time to allow us to do what we love. We couldn’t do it without them. My thoughts are with their family, friends and fellow marshals today. Rest in peace.”

While McLaren wrote, “We send our sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the marshal who sadly lost their life yesterday at Brands Hatch, and to the entire family of marshals in the UK and around the world. Thank you for everything you do for our sport.”

Aston Martin also shared a message of condolences saying, “Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the volunteer marshal who lost their life at Brands Hatch yesterday. Without these men and women, we wouldn’t be able to go out and do what we love. To marshals across the world, thank you.”

Williams F1 assures Aitken is unharmed after an incident in Spa

As the reserve driver was zipping around the Belgium track, heading up Eau-Rouge, he was involved in a horrible crash. Along with the Brit, Davide Rigon, Franck Perera, and Kévin Estre were also part of the multi-car crash. However, Williams assures that he was alright, but was taken to the hospital for a check-up.

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They wrote, Sending our best wishes to our Reserve Driver Jack Aitken following an accident at the 24 Hours of Spa. Jack has been taken to hospital for further evaluation and fortunately with no life-threatening injuries. Everyone at the team wishes him a speedy recovery.”

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It was a dark day for motorsports, as there was a horrible crash, which saw a marshal lost his life. Drivers are always thankful for them, as they are present to ensure their safety. It is always unfortunate when someone in the world of motorsport passes away.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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