Circuit boss reacts to criticism

Monza circuit boss Pasquale Bernardo has reacted to accusations that the marshal who died after the opening lap crash at yesterday's Italian Grand Prix was not removed from the accident scene quickly enough

Circuit boss reacts to criticism

The marshal, Paolo Ghislimberti, died from head and chest injuries he sustained after being hit by a wheel, following a four-car accident at the Variante della Roggia. He was treated at the scene before being taken by ambulance to a hospital in Monza.

"A track commissioner has said that perhaps the process of trying to aid the wounded worker was wrong," said Bernardo. "He thought maybe a helicopter should have been used. This was his first reaction while he was shocked.

"The worker was helped immediately by two emergency doctors and (FIA medical delegate) Professor Sid Watkins. An ambulance was chosen because it saved four minutes, and the ambulance's departure was delayed because the patient needed to be made transportable.

"I feel for the relatives of the victim," he added. "He was a man who worked to save human life, and he tragically died doing his duty."

No announcement has yet been made on whether any parties involved in yesterday's tragedy will face criminal charges. Under Italian law, deaths at sporting events are treated as manslaughter (unintentional murder) and the officiating magistrate, Dr Salvatore Bellomo, has already begun his investigation.

"The Acting Prosecutor [Dr Bellomo] is working hard," said Bernardo. "The drivers have all been questioned in order to help a reconstruction of events."

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