23 June 2013: Danish race driver Allan Simonsen died after crashing his Austin Martin in the opening stages of Le Mans 24 hrs classic race at La Sarthe circuit on Saturday. We at INDIA in F1 deeply mourn the death of a talented driver who began as a mechanic but became one of the best drivers being on the podium in many parts of the world.
His death brings into focus once again the importance of safety in motorsports. At this time our prayers are with his one-year old son and his partner Corina.
FIA condolence Statement: By Jean Todt, FIA President and Pierre Fillon, ACO President
We wish to express our profound sadness regarding the death of Allan Simonsen at today’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. We would like to convey our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to Allan`s family and friends. Our thoughts are also with his Aston Martin teammates at this difficult time.
Here are a few tributes by the racing fraternity.
@KarunChandhok: Morning ! First of all, my sincere condolences to Allan Simonsen’s family and everyone at Aston Martin Racing… Terrible to see that happen
Paul Di Resta: “Sad news at Le Mans, RIP Allan Simonsen. Thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Force India: Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and team of Allan Simonsen. Really sad news from Le Mans earlier today.
Jenson Button tweeted: “Allan Simonsen R.I.P. such a tragic loss. A true fighter abd a true racer. Safety is something we need to improve on in motorsport.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “R.I.P. Allan Simonsen. Sad news.”
Sergio Perez: “Thoughts & prayers with Allan Simonsen’ family and @AMR_Official team.”Que lastima!! La dura vida de piloto , Murio haciendo lo que quería.”
Felipe Massa: “Such a tragic news on the passing of @AllanSimonsen . Sad day in motorsport. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Jaime Alguersuari: “Rest in peace Allan Simonsen.”