Henry Surtees, 1991 - 2009
Henry Surtees, son of 1964 Formula One world Champion John, died following an accident in yesterday’s FIA Formula Two race at Brands Hatch.
After a successful first race where the 18-year old finished third. Surtees suffered a spin early
in race two and was fighting his way back through the field when the accident happened.
Jack Clarke’s car hit the barriers at Westfield Bend loosing a wheel which hit Surtees in the head knocking him unconscious. His car hit the barrier heavily after Sheene corner.
After the death of a marshal in an F1 race in 2001, rule revisions introduced a wheel tether system to stop wheels flying off after an accident. This system was later adopted by IRL and is also used in the new F2 series, and should have prevented the wheel flying loose.
Red flags were rapidly deployed and he was extracted from the car before being transferred to the circuit’s medical centre, from there he was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital’s Trauma centre where he was later pronounced dead.
"Henry had followed his heart from the time he first sat in a kart," John Surtees said in a statement. "He treated seriously the balance between motorsport and school. Having just finished his A-Levels, the world beckoned and he was thriving on the freedom to concentrate on his motorsport.
"Despite bad luck in his motorsport, he had shown himself to be one with the possibilities of reaching the very top. Despite his young age he had shown maturity, technical understanding and speed.
"Most importantly he was a nice person and a loving son and brother. He will be deeply missed."