Hundreds pay respects at Justin Wilson funeral in England

An estimated 500 mourners attended the funeral of the late single-seater star Justin Wilson, held at Paulerspury near Silverstone in England today.

Wilson, 37, died as a result of head injuries sustained in an IndyCar race at Pocono, USA, last month.

Among the congregation were his family, along with many friends and colleagues from the racing community as well as fans of the Yorkshire-born driver.

A wake was then held at Silverstone circuit itself, where the Union Flag, United States and BRDC flags were all flown at half-staff.

Former Jaguar F1 teammate Mark Webber, and multiple Indy 500 winners Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon took part in the funeral, along with Wilson’s younger brother Stefan, who has also raced in America’s top-level open-wheel series.

Wilson’s coffin was draped in the Union Flag, and accompanied by one of his helmets from his time with the Minardi F1 team.

Sir Jackie Stewart, who helped guide his early racing career, attended the service along with ex-F1 racer Jonathan Palmer, who managed Wilson to Formula 1 and on to his highly-successful career Stateside.

During his eulogy, Palmer said: "Justin died doing something he loved."

A memorial auction begins on September 14, which includes all the helmets worn by drivers in the IndyCar season finale at Sonoma.

Donations to the fund set up for Wilson’s two young daughters can be made online at www.justinwilson.co.uk/donate

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Series IndyCar , Formula 1
Event Funeral of Justin Wilson
Drivers Justin Wilson
Article type Breaking news