McLaren’s drivers have wished a fan a speedy recovery following a nasty incident in Monaco this week. Just before Thursday practice kicked off, a 49-year-old male British spectator broke his back and leg when a grandstand alongside the Principality’s street circuit collapsed.
According to the Daily Mail, a McLaren spokesman visited him in hospital, taking along a letter from Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, and inviting him to the team’s motor home as a guest next year.
“It was pretty serious so we both wrote him a letter saying the obvious, ‘sorry to hear about your incident, get well soon’,” said Button.
It was a luckier escape in Monaco for some drivers in the support categories GP2 and GP3. In GP2, Brazilian Felipe Nasr was launched into the air in a high speed, multiple car pileup up the hill from turn one. Commentator and Lotus reserve Jerome d’Ambrosio said the incident reminded him of the carnage at the start of the 1998 Belgian grand prix.
And in GP3, Conor Daly – the son of former F1 driver Derek Daly – had a terrifying airborne accident at the exit of the tunnel, after hitting a rival from behind. The 20-year-old’s flying single seater destroyed the high fencing on the inside of the circuit and narrowly missed marshals, but everyone emerged unscathed.