Justin Wilson death: Jenson Button and Mark Webber among those to pay tribute to former IndyCar driver

Wilson succumbed to severe head injuries on Monday night after suffering a freak accident during an IndyCar race in the United States

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A host of famous names from the motorsports world have paid tribute to Justin Wilson after the British racing driver succumbed to a severe head injury caused in a freak IndyCar accident.

Wilson, who also raced in Formula One during his career as well as the likes of F3000 and sportscar racing, was struck on the head by a large piece of the nose assembly from Sage Karam’s car that had been heavily damaged in a separate accident.

Wilson was airlifted to a nearby hospital after receiving treatment trackside, but died on Monday night.

His brother, Stefan, who also races professionally, admitted he “can’t even begin to describe the loss” that he felt, and praised the generosity of Justin – who it has been revealed will donate his organs to those in need of help.



Two of those who raced alongside Wilson in F1 were quick to pay tribute to him, with Jenson Button and Mark Webber posting their tributes on Twitter.


Wilson’s death is the first in IndyCar since the fatal accident suffered by fellow Briton Dan Wheldon nearly four years ago. His sister, Holly Wheldon, paid tribute to the both of them, and said: “May these to gorgeous British boys rest in peace together #BadassWilson #Lionheart.


A host of other names have also sent their messages of support to Wilson’s family and friends, many of which hailed from the likes of F1, IndyCar, Sportscars, British Touring Cars and many other forms of motorsports who had raced with Wilson at some point during his career.


A fund has been set-up for donations to be made to help look after Wilson’s two daughters.


The tragic news means that the motorsports world is in mourning for the second time in the space of just over a month, following the loss of Jules Bianchi in July after his horrifying accident at last year's Formula One Japanese Grand Prix.