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GP Week : Issue 55
HENRY Surtees, son of 1964 Formula 1 World Champion John Surtees, has died following an accident in the FIA Formula 2 championship at Brands Hatch last weekend. The incident occurred during Sunday’s second race, when Jack Clarke crashed on the exit of the Westfield corner, ripping the rear left tyre from his car. The tyre bounced back across the track, landing on the opening of Henry’s cockpit, knocking the 18-year old unconscious. His car continued into the barriers at Sheene’s curve, from where Henry was extracted from his car, taken to the circuit medical centre and then flown by helicopter to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. His passing was announced late on Sunday evening. Henry was one of the brightest stars of the new Formula 2 championship, and had recorded his best result of the season in the first race of the weekend at Brands Hatch, taking a podium in third. His rise to Formula 2 had come 10 after just two seasons in single- seaters. Following six years of karting, Henry climbed into the Ginetta GT Junior championship in 2006, finishing third in his debut championship season. In 2007 he moved into single- seaters, contesting Formula BMW and Formula Renault with Carlin motorsport, coming sixth in the FBMW title race. Last season he moved up to Formula Renault full time with Manor Competition, coming second in the Winter championship and 12th in the main series. With the launch of Formula 2 in 2009, Henry was one of the first drivers to commit to the new series and had hoped to compete for the championship-winning prize of a Williams F1 Test drive. A dedicated scholar, he had also opted for Formula 2 as the shorter season was due to allow him sufficient time to complete his studies. To John and Jane Surtees, and all of Henry’s family and friends, we pass our most sincere condolences.