RIP Dan Wheldon
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, and Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh have paid tribute to British IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon following his tragic death.
“This is an extremely sad day,” said Lewis.
“Dan was a racer I’d followed throughout my career, as I often followed in his footsteps as we climbed the motorsport ladder in the UK.
“He was an extremely talented driver. As a British guy, who not only went over to the States but who twice won the Indy 500, he was an inspirational guy, and someone that every racing driver looked up to with respect and admiration.
“This is a tragic loss at such a young age. My heart goes out to his family and friends during this extremely difficult time.”
Jenson Button said the sport had lost a legend. “I have so many good memories of racing with Dan in the early 90s, a true fighter. We’ve lost a legend in our sport but also a great guy.
“I can’t begin to imagine what his family are going through and my thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.”
Team principal Martin Whitmarsh said Dan Wheldon’s tragic death highlighted “the bitter contrast that sometimes exists between the highs and lows of motorsport.
“His rapid ascent to the very top ranks of US motorsport, capped by two fantastic Indy 500 victories and the 2005 Indy Car title, are the lasting legacy of a hugely talented driver and champion.
“The motorsport world is now in mourning following Dan’s passing. On behalf of everyone at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, I pass on my condolences to his family and friends."