The marshals at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix will wear black armbands in memory of their colleague, Mark Robinson, who was killed at last year’s race.
Robinson was seriously injured when he was struck by a crane that was recovering Esteban Gutierrez’s stricken Sauber at the first corner. Despite being stabilized at the track, he later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
Writing in the Canadian Grand Prix race programme, FIA president Jean Todt said: “Racing does come with risks, however, and we are mindful that the aftermath of last year’s event was marred by a tragic accident.
“In order to avoid such incidents the FIA continues to work with stakeholders across motorsport to improve safety – for competitors, officials and spectators.”
A page has also been dedicated to Robinson in this year’s race programme.
As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.
Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.
Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.
Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.