The identity of the corner worker killed in a freak accident during Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix has been revealed as Mark Robinson, a 38-year-old resident of Montreal.
Robinson, a volunteer marshal, was run over by a mobile crane while assisting with the removal of Esteban Gutierrez's crashed Sauber (ABOVE) following the race. According to witnesses, Robinson tripped while trying to retrieve a dropped radio and fell under the wheels of the crane. He was pronounced dead several hours later in a nearby hospital.
Quebec's workplace safety board said Monday that it had launched an investigation into the accident, and will conduct interviews with other volunteer marshals.
Marty Devey, a childhood friend of Robinson's, told The Canadian Press that, "F1 for him was kind of like getting a chance to be a roadie for the Rolling Stones once a year."
FIA President Jean Todt expressed his condolences for the tragedy in a statement.
"This tragedy has affected us deeply, and the whole of motorsport is profoundly touched by it," Todt said. "In volunteering to be a marshal, Mark had made the choice to give his time, his knowledge and passion in the service of motorsport.
"All over the world, it is men and women like Mark who make possible the organization of motorsport events. Without these thousands of volunteers who give their all selflessly, motorsport would simply not get off the starting line."