McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton write to injured fan
|By Jonathan Noble||Saturday, May 26th 2012, 17:30 GMT|
Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have written get well messages to a McLaren fan who was badly injured in a fall from a grandstand ahead of opening practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.
The duo acted after hearing that Lawrence Relph, a 49-year-old from Margate in Kent, broke his back and left leg when he fell following the collapse of the grandstand at Tabac. Another spectator avoided injury after clinging on before being rescued.
The two drivers said they were saddened by the accident, which is why they decided to write him personal letters.
Button said: "It was pretty serious. We both wrote him a letter saying the obvious - get well soon, and sorry to hear about your incident. We thanked him for his support because he is a massive fan of the team, and us two.
"It is a very difficult time for him. He came here to watch F1 and he hasn't seen anything as he has been in hospital. We also gave him a gift which is a limited edition McLaren book, so hopefully he can watch us on television in hospital."
Hamilton added: "We would not be here without our fans. They mean a huge amount to me and the team, and any follower of the team – we are grateful for the support we get.
"When we heard about it, we were quite saddened by it and so just sending him a letter was the least we could do. We hope he has a speedy recovery. It is tragic but we hope he will get better."