Original article from Kent Live
Lewis Hamilton has paid tribute to a volunteer marshal who sadly died at Brands Hatch yesterday (July 31).
Kent Police were called to reports of a collision involving a car and two people on foot at the circuit shortly before 3pm.
One of the cars crashed and flipped off the track, hitting one of the marshals, and despite the best efforts of emergency services they succumbed to their injuries and died.
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The British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) confirmed the marshal's death in a statement, and all activity for the rest of the day was cancelled.
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A number of Formula 1 drivers and teams have now shared messages of respect following the tragic news.
Taking to Instagram, Lewis Hamilton wrote: "Devastated to hear of the passing of a marshal at the Brands Hatch Circuit.
"These volunteer marshals are what makes racing possible, they are heroes.
"My heart is with his family."
McLaren and Mercedes also paid tribute to the marshal, recognising the work the whole community does.
"We send our sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of the marshal who sadly lost their life yesterday at Brands Hatch, and to the entire family of marshals in the UK and around the world," McLaren wrote on Twitter.
"Thank you for everything you do for our sport."
Mercedes added: "We couldn’t go racing around the world and do what we love without the support and work of the volunteer marshal community."
Lando Norris was another driver to share his heartbreak at the news.
He tweeted: "Heartbreaking. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without marshals.
"They’re the heroes of our sport.
"My thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved"
The BARC confirmed that the marshal's death was the result of an accident.
In their statement yesterday, they said: "The British Automobile Racing Club is saddened to confirm that as a result of an accident that occurred during a race meeting at Brands Hatch circuit today (Saturday 31 July), a volunteer marshal tragically lost their life."