Tuesday March 6th, 2001
A day after the Australian Grand Prix, the family of the marshal who lost his life during the 2001 season-opening race in Melbourne, visited the site of his death on Monday.
Race marshal Graham Beveridge died after being hit by a wheel from the British American Racing car of Jacques Villeneuve, who had ran into the BMW-Williams of Ralf Schumacher and crashed into a protective fence, sending debris everywhere.
The marshal's wife Karen and daughter Kelly placed flowers by the steel barrier at turn three - where the accident occurred on lap five of Sunday's race.
"He was doing what he loved," Mrs Beveridge said to the Australian media. "He knew the dangers of the sport and was passionate about racing.
"We would like to thank the medical officials who tried so hard to revive him. We'd also like to express our gratitude to the people who placed flowers at the point where he last stood."
An investigation is still ongoing into the accident and the head of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) Peter Hansen on Monday revealed that Villeneuve had tried to contact the Beveridge family to send his condolences.
"He tried this morning but she was on her way down here," said Hansen. "He has passed on his sincere condolences. Everybody is upset."