Formula 1 stars mourn death of Justin Wilson
Last Updated: 25/08/15 5:51pm
F1 drivers past and present have come together to mourn Justin Wilson, who has died at the age of 37 after an IndyCar crash.
The Sheffield-born driver raced in Formula 1 in 2003, starting the season with Minardi before moving to Jaguar, securing his best finish when eighth in the U.S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis.
Wilson went on to carve out a successful career in the United States, winning seven races in his time in the Champ Car series and then IndyCar.
He died on Monday, less than 24 hours after suffering head injuries when he was hit by flying debris from Sage Karam's wrecked car.
McLaren driver Jenson Button, who was in his first season with the BAR team in 2003, said: "The motorsport world comes to a standstill once again. Justin Wilson was a great person and racing driver. My thoughts are with his family.
"I raced with Justin as far back as 1989 in karting and remember his smile was infectious, such a lovely guy."
Sky Sports F1's Martin Brundle added: "Well said Jenson. Very sad news about Justin. It's a cruel yet beautiful profession but so tough for family and friends."
Wilson's Jaguar team mate in 2003, nine-time Grand Prix winner Mark Webber, said: "Last night a very good man left us. Mate. So sorry. RIP Justin. My thoughts are with your loved ones."
Fernando Alonso, along with Webber, competed in the Formula 3000 championship alongside Wilson in 2000 and tweeted: "#RIPJustinWilson, my thoughts are with his family and friends. So sad, difficult to accept."
World champion Lewis Hamilton wrote on Instagram: "I am so devastated to hear of another passing of a great man and driver. I'd met Justin Wilson a few times growing up and he was the ultimate gentleman. whilst I only knew him a little, I will miss him. We will miss him."
Lotus's Romain Grosjean said: "So sad to hear that Justin Wilson passed away. What a dreadful news and what a dramatic year for racing. Losing too many champions."
Wilson's two former F1 teams, which have since been taken over and rebranded by Red Bull, also tweeted their condolences with Toro Rosso, which used to be Minardi, tweeting: "We knew him well, since 2003... @justin_wilson, you will be missed! All our thoughts are with his family."
And Toro Rosso teenager Max Verstappen, who is enjoying a successful first Formula 1 season, said on Twitter: "Awful news for motor racing again...@justin_wilson you will be truly missed."
Verstappen's team-mate, Carlos Sainz, wrote: "Very very sad news to wake up to. RIP Justin Wilson. The motorsport world will trully miss you. Thoughts and prayers are with his family."
IndyCar series leader, and former Williams and McLaren driver, Juan-Pablo Montoya said: "Tough day in motorsport today as we loose another great person and driver. RIP Justin."