RIP Henry Surtees
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This is absolutely dreadful, I'm so sorry for his parents, for Jonathan Palmer, for Williams, who designed the car and everyone concerned.
It's not offical yet and I'm hoping it's not true.
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My goodness, this is terrible news. My thoughts are with his family this evening.
Almost the worst thing imaginable for any parent, outliving one of your children.
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My absolute and sincerest sympathy and condolences, mere platitudes are wholly inadequate but that's all I can offer.
Posted 19 July 2009 - 20:49
In a sport where much has been done to prevent such tragedies, it remains that these things can still happen.
Posted 19 July 2009 - 20:56
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Posted 19 July 2009 - 21:07
My sincere condolences to John and his family.
Posted 19 July 2009 - 22:03
Condolences to the entire Surtees family .
Posted 19 July 2009 - 22:16
Like a lot of you I was following his career. He certainly looked like he was making great progress.
RIP Henry. I really feel for John and Jane, they must be shattered.
Posted 19 July 2009 - 22:27
My condolences to John and Jane
Posted 19 July 2009 - 22:34
I heard Henry's voice for the first time on Radio 5 only last week as part of an insignificant piece about karting. As soon as he spoke, I could hear the tones of Il Grande John - he sounded very much his father's son.
Posted 19 July 2009 - 23:08
My sincerest condolences to the Surtees family.
R.I.P. Henry Surtees.
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Posted 20 July 2009 - 00:50
I agree it was an innocent looking accident; but think about it, what does a racing rim and tire weigh? Let's say 10lbs. It look like he was going around 100mph and let say the wheel was going 100mph, that's a 200mph collision with a fairly heavy object. He was probably killed instantly. Much like the Earnhardt accident it didn't look that bad; but heavy impact physics is heavy impact physics. Apparently the wheel weren't teethered.
No , it didn't appear there were wheel tethers . But indications are he was unconcious and had been stabalized when airlifted to the hospital . So perhaps it wasn't instantaneous . I wonder if the head-on shunt into the wall played a part . I take it they are required to use the hans device in F2 . I just wonder if like Earnhardt it was a basal skull fracture .
And , thoughts go out to Jack Clarke and family , he must feel awful about the situation .
Posted 20 July 2009 - 01:15
I often think of FJ and the reason he got that name. I also add my sincere condolences to my one-time favourite and his family.
Posted 20 July 2009 - 06:21
Deepest condolonces to the Old Boy and his family.
Posted 20 July 2009 - 06:42
Do we know exactly what happened and why? Was it just the wheel or a corner knocked off another car ? Wheel safety securing clips were brought in for centre lock wheels more than 35 years ago on GP cars and the current F1 car has has a positive more sophisticated method of loose wheel retention. Until we can hear eye witness reports of the circumstances of just how a wheel came to hit poor Henry's car can we even begin to understand how such a disasterous and fatal accident could happen today on a new car designed to 2009 standards.
It is a one make single seater series ,the cars are Williams JPH1 with 4cyl 1.8 Audi turbo 400BHP engines maintained centrally from Bedford Autodrome, drives are rented by competitors.
Quite awful , our condolences to the entire Surtees family and people close to them.Tragic loss of a young man.
Posted 20 July 2009 - 06:59
Henry was a number of places behind the crashed car and as the wheel started its journey across the road, several cars went past. It was just pure chance that Henry was the one whose trajectory co-incided with the wheel. It appeared to be a glacing blow but as already stated, the forces involved were considerable. The wheel, in fact, continued its path across to the inside of the track.
The most ironic thing is that Henry was way quicker than the guys in that section of the field but had spun coming down out of Druids earlier in the race and so was behind the guy who went off when he should have been well in front...
Upon such circumstances are tragedies born....
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John absolutely adored Henry of course, always present at the tests and races, hovering over the car making sure the mechanics were doing things properly. A bossy racing dad but, with real credentials.
I remember first meeting Henry about 7-8 years ago I think, John was showing him around the F1 paddock at Silverstone and we had a chat about the karting that Henry was doing. John was most enthusiastic about it, telling me it was far more competitive than any racing he had ever been involved with.
Sometimes this sports turns around and shocks us, we do indeed become complacent and forget that it can be deadly, despite the very modern safety standards.
RIP Henry, here shown at Snetterton testing just a few weeks ago, with John (as ever) present.
A pleasure to have met you.
Posted 20 July 2009 - 07:19
A couple of pictures from this year's Goodwood Festival Of Speed, Henry driving the 1972 Surtees TS-10 F2 :
Copyright Luc Ghys
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I hope the old boys in the paddock upstairs make him welcome.
Posted 20 July 2009 - 09:38
Having had so much success earlier in life there was now a new challenge and a fresh goal to strive for. This has now been cruelly snatched away.
My deepest condolences to John, his family and friends.
Posted 20 July 2009 - 09:54
Another foot, another half a second, and we wouldn't have had this sad thread today.
To think that only a couple of corners before Henry had been rounding "Surtees".
Posted 20 July 2009 - 10:05
My thoughts too, are with Jack Clarke and the enthusiastic band of people that have put these cars & the new F2 series together. They will be asking a lot of questions of themselves and in my view, unfairly so. As with the recent death of Carlos Pardo, in Mexican NASCAR, sometimes these things cannot be helped.
I remember first hearing about Henry nearly 10 years ago when he was starting to take an interest in the sport. I was struck by the age difference firstly between John & Henry, but after that, I was struck by how well Henry was doing for himself, gradually coming up the ranks.
My sincere condolences to everyone who knew him. RIP
Posted 20 July 2009 - 10:08
Never in my wildest dreams could I predict this, though. The accident looked quite harmless, but a thud in a helmet can be a disaster (I've had a big bird hit my helmet and in Henry's case it was a totally different matter, a big wheel with a lot of momentum). This was a sad reminder of the fact that racing can never be 100% safe. The only time when a racecar is safe is when you don't drive it...
My sincerest condolences to the Surtees family and to all of his friends! Henry, I salute you! You had so much more to give...!