Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to Justin Wilson following his tragic death | F1 | Sport | Daily Express
Wilson, the 37-year-old former Formula One driver, succumbed to the head injuries he sustained in an IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania on Sunday.
With 21 laps of the ABC Supply 500 remaining, Wilson was struck on the crash helmet by debris after American rookie Sage Karam slammed into the concrete wall at the oval track.
It meant the motor racing community was once more mourning the death of one of their own.
Jules Bianchi, the talented French Formula One driver, succumbed to the devastating brain injuries he sustained at last October's Japanese Grand Prix only 37 days ago.
"I am so devastated to hear of another passing of a great man and driver," said Hamilton. "I'd met Justin a few times growing up and he was the ultimate gentleman.
"Whilst I only knew him a little, I will miss him. We will miss him. May God rest his soul and keep his hands over his family."
Wilson leaves behind a wife Julia and two daughters, aged seven and five.
Wilson won the Formula 3000 title in 2001 before raising £1.2million through a crowd-funding scheme to secure a seat with Minardi for the 2003 F1 season.
He competed in 11 races for them before taking part in the final five grands prix of the campaign for Jaguar.
On Tuesday, the flags at Red Bull Racing, which emerged from Jaguar's ashes in 2005, flew their flags at half-mast in honour of the Englishman.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: "There are many sad faces at the factory. He is remembered fondly for the kind and humble person he was.
"Having known Justin since his karting days on the British circuits, it was always obvious to me that he was destined for great things in motorsport.
"His progress through the lower formulas was impressive and he absolutely flourished in F3000.
"Justin will be remembered not only as a talented driver but also as quite simply one of the nicest blokes in motorsport."
Jenson Button, who competed against Wilson in junior categories through to F1, added: "The motorsport world comes to a standstill once again.
"Justin was a great person and racing driver. I remember his smile was infectious, such a lovely guy. My thoughts are with his family."