Australian GP - Inquest into death of marshal started

Today, just over eight months ago, Graham Beveridge died tragically, when a stray wheel from the car of Jacques Villeneuve's BAR struck him in the chest. His family relived the horror of the tragedy as they watched the replay of the accident on...

Today, just over eight months ago, Graham Beveridge died tragically, when a stray wheel from the car of Jacques Villeneuve's BAR struck him in the chest. His family relived the horror of the tragedy as they watched the replay of the accident on video in court.

Jim Kennan, counsel to the coroner said that if it was not for Beveridge, more spectators could have died, since the wheel was travelling at a speed between 145 - 175 km/h. Further Kennan added that "was not all that far from going over the top of the fence." With statements like these, further evidence will raise issues regarding the height and design of the fences. Another aspect that will come under close scrutiny will be the effectiveness of the wheel tethers.

Villeneuve was quoted in a statement presented to the court: "The incident was just an unfortunate racing incident where one driver didn't want to lose his position and the other wanted to gain that position"

Fans can rest assured that the Australian Grand Prix will go ahead regardless the findings of the inquest.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve