Tragic Death of Marshal at Albert Park
March 4th, 2001
An Australian Grand Prix marshal was killed after being struck by flying debris during the
first race of the Formula One season on Sunday. It was the second time in less than a year
that a marshal had been killed at a Formula One race. Italian Paolo Gislimberti died at
Monza last year when he was hit by flying debris in the first fatality suffered by Formula
One at a circuit since the death of Brazilian world champion Ayrton Senna at Imola in
The Melbourne marshal was patrolling the post at turn three, when he was apparently hit
after the BAR of former champion Jacques Villeneuve collided with the Williams of Ralf
Schumacher on the approach to Turn 4. The BAR flew at speed into safety fences, scattering
debris across the track and losing its wheels. Villeneuves car sustained much damage
as debris flew through the air. An ambulance was quick to the scene to extricate the
marshal to a nearby hospital, but he passed away a short time later.
BAR team principal Craig Pollock said there was a deep sense of shock in the paddock.
"I would just like to send my sincere condolences to the family," he said,
"There was not much we can say because we dont know the full circumstances
about the accident."