One month following the early death of Jules Bianchi, one more regrettable darkness cast over the world of open wheel motorsport last night as the family of British racer Justin Wilson confirmed his death.
The 37-year-old, Justin Wilson suffered serious head injuries during the season’s second to last race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania on Sunday, when debris – the nose cone – from the car of then race leader Sage Karam – struck Wilson as he tried to avoid the accident. He was taken to hospital in a helicopter but died from his injuries last night.
Just hours before Justin’s death, British F1 and IndyCar legend Nigel Mansell posted a message on his Twitter account sending his prayers to the driver’s family
Mansell said: “We are praying for Justin Wilson just so unlucky keep fighting our thoughts are with him and his family,at this difficult time.”
But six hours later and within minutes of Justin’s death being announced he tweeted again – “Terrible news flashed up on American TV. Justin dies from injuries sustained from Sunday’s race. Deepest condolences to all the family R.I.P.”
I raced with Justin as far back as 1989 in Karting and remember his smile was infectious, such a lovely guy. #RIPJustin
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) August 25, 2015
The motorsport World comes 2 a standstill once again. @justin_wilson was a great person & racing driver. My thoughts are with his family RIP
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) August 25, 2015
Last night a very good man left us. Mate. So sorry. RIP Justin My thoughts are with your loved ones.
— Mark Webber (@AussieGrit) August 25, 2015
So sad to hear that Justin Wilson passed away. What a dreadful news and what a dramatic year for racing. Losing too many champions
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) August 25, 2015
This is so sad, have no words… RIP Justin https://t.co/6JFblHIi28
— Jean-Eric Vergne (@JeanEricVergne) August 25, 2015
Rest in peace, Justin. pic.twitter.com/QSyDGiTmur
— Giedo van der Garde (@GvanderGarde) August 25, 2015
RIP Justin Wilson. All my thoughts and prayers for his family ?? Let's be united and work for better safety. pic.twitter.com/QJMw1blsPw
— Esteban Gutierrez (@EstebanGtz) August 25, 2015
Very sad news this morning, RIP Justin Wilson. My thoughts are with the family.
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) August 25, 2015
#RIPJustinWilson, my thoughts are with his family and friends. So sad, difficult to accept.
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) August 25, 2015
This sport can be so damn harsh. It breaks my heart. I wish Justin's family all my love and support
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) August 25, 2015
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) August 25, 2015
Very sad news to hear about @justin_wilson thoughts are with his family at this time. Always with us big guy!
— Paul Di Resta (@PaulDiResta) August 25, 2015
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.
— Carlos Sainz (@carlosainz) August 25, 2015
Another terrible loss for the motorsport world! Thoughts are with his family and friends! #RIPJustinWilson
— Will Stevens (@WillStevens_) August 25, 2015
Today we lost another brother. RIP Justin. All my thoughts with your family. https://t.co/ibGi6DHxkz
— Jerome D'Ambrosio (@thereal_JDA) August 25, 2015
Another extraordinary racer has left us. RIP Justin Wilson. Our thoughts are with your family.
— Pedro de la Rosa (@PedrodelaRosa1) August 25, 2015
#RIPJustinWilson ? Thoughts are with his family and friends…
— Stoffel Vandoorne (@svandoorne) August 25, 2015
R.I.P Justin Wilson
— Heikki Kovalainen (@H_Kovalainen) August 25, 2015
Terrible news to wake up to, RIP Justin Wilson – one of the nicest race drivers I've known. A thorough gentleman, Just unreal..
— Narain Karthikeyan (@narainracing) August 25, 2015
What a sad day. Justin was someone I followed as I was growing up and admired hugely. Can't believe it, thoughts with his family now
— Jolyon Palmer (@JolyonPalmer) August 25, 2015
We are devastated by the terrible news of Justin Wilson's passing. Our thoughts are with Justin's family and friends in this moment. RIP.
— Sahara Force India (@ForceIndiaF1) August 25, 2015
Heartbreaking news about Justin Wilson's death. All our thoughts are with Julia, Stefan, the rest of the family and the @IndyCar community
— WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) August 25, 2015
Such sad news. Our deepest condolences go to Justin's family and all who knew & admired him. RIP Justin… https://t.co/i2e9Uo43H3
— Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) August 25, 2015
— Sauber F1 Team (@SauberF1Team) August 25, 2015
— Toro Rosso (@ToroRossoSpy) August 25, 2015
A tragic loss. All at the Team send their deepest condolences to Justin's family and friends at this time. pic.twitter.com/fidOOyzt5j
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) August 25, 2015
We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Justin Wilson. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. #RIPJustinWilson
— Honda Racing F1 (@HondaRacingF1) August 25, 2015
— MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) August 25, 2015
All at McLaren are deeply saddened to hear the news about Justin Wilson. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. #RIPJustinWilson
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) August 25, 2015
Like all the motorsport community, we are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of @justin_wilson. Our thoughts with his family.
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) August 25, 2015