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Marshals to pay tribute

All marshals at the Canadian GP will wear black armbands this weekend in memory of one of their own who lost his life at this event a year ago.

Mark Robinson, 38, a volunteer member of the Automobile Club de L'ile Notre Dame, was killed shortly after Sebastian Vettel's victory.

Robinson was assisting with the removal of Esteban Gutierrez's Sauber that had buried itself in a gravel trap.

With the car dangling from the end of a boom on a crane, as it neared the pitlane Robinson tripped and was hit and run over by the recovery vehicle, suffering fatal internal injuries.

The marshals at the British Grand Prix that followed held a minute's silence as their own mark of respect, with those in Canada to now pay their tribute by wearing the armbands over all three days.

All marshals have also undergone extensive training of late with regard to the use of cranes after a post-race investigation last year found the event organisers partly guilty of the incident.

Gutierrez, although obviously in no way to blame for what unfolded, does not believe Sauber will follow the marshals' lead.

"What happened after the race was not very pleasant," said Gutierrez.

"At the moment we don't have anything planned. We did something last year, which was a bad time for the family.

"People relate it directly to me because it was my car, but it was about the whole procedure of the security system.

"It was not only about one team, one driver. It was about the whole of Formula One."