Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Ex-F1 driver, Justin Wilson passes away after suffering severe head injury during high-speed crash

Ex-F1 driver Justin Wilson lost his fight for life on Monday after succumbing to a severe head injury he suffered during an IndyCar smash in Pennsylvania on Sunday.

The 37-year-old from Sheffield was left in a coma after the high-speed crash, which saw him being hit on the head by an airborne nose cone before he careered into a safety barrier.

IndyCar were first to make the announcement of his passing at the request of his family on Monday evening.

"This is a monumentally sad day for IndyCar and the motorsports community as a whole," IndyCar CEO Mark Miles said in a statement.

"Justin's elite ability to drive a race car was matched by his unwavering kindness, character and humility – which is what made him one of the most respected members of the paddock.

"As we know, the racing industry is one big family, and our efforts moving forward will be focused on rallying around Justin's family to ensure they get the support they need during this unbelievably difficult time."
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