The marshal who died in Montreal on Sunday has been named in the Canadian media as 38-year-old Mark Robinson.
Robinson, who was single and worked in logistics for UPS, was crushed by the wheels of a recovery crane carrying the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez.
Robinson is described by friends as a racing fanatic for whom the chance to work at the Canadian GP was a highlight of his year. He would have turned 39 tomorrow [Wednesday].
Friend and former roommate Marty Dewey told the Canadian Press: “F1 for him was kind of like getting a chance to be a roadie for the Rolling Stones once a year. He thought about it, talked about it. For a quiet guy, if you started talking F1 with this guy, you wouldn’t be able to quiet him down.”
Known as ‘Coach’ by his friends, he had a wide range of other sporting interests, and was a regular softball player.
This writer, who watched the first half of the Canadian GP standing with the marshals stationed at Turn 2, sends his condolences to Mark’s family, friends and fellow officials.