The Formula One community has been sending messages of support to former Minardi and Jaguar driver Justin Wilson, who is in a coma after an IndyCar crash.
Wilson crashed out of the race at Pocono Raceway after being hit by a large piece of debris from the car of Sage Karam, who had spun into the wall further up the road. Wilson suffered a serious head injury and is in a critical condition at a Pennsylvania hospital.
The popular British driver drove for Minardi and Jaguar in 2003, though his tall 6ft 4in frame and lack of sponsorship hampered his chances of a longer F1 career. He has enjoyed much greater success in American open-wheel racing with stints in Champ Car (2004-2007) and IndyCar (2008-present).
Wilson's crash comes at a time head injuries are a sensitive subject in Formula One, just six weeks after Jules Bianchi succumbed to the serious injury he sustained at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix when he collided with a recovery vehicle. Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher is also continuing his long recovery from a serious head injury after a skiing accident in December 2013.
Williams driver Felipe Massa, who suffered life-threatening injuries at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix when he was struck in the head by a loose spring which had fallen from another car, led the messages from F1 drivers old and new on Twitter.
All our thoughts are with @justin_wilson and his family. We are praying for a quick and full recovery. Be strong Justin .— Felipe Massa (@MassaFelipe19) August 24, 2015
The motorsport community has been through a lot recently but all over the world we will stick together. Stay strong my man @justin_wilson— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) August 24, 2015
Keep boxing @justin_wilson thinking of you and your family matey.— Mark Webber (@AussieGrit) August 24, 2015
Lets all pray that Justin Wilson pulls through this. #PrayForJustin— Kevin Magnussen (@KevinMagnussen) August 24, 2015
All my thoughts and prayers for @justin_wilson . Difficult years in racing, wishing him a quick recovery.— Esteban Gutierrez (@EstebanGtz) August 24, 2015
Keep fighting @justin_wilson thoughts are with you and your family.— Paul Di Resta (@PaulDiResta) August 24, 2015
Please please pull through @justin_wilson.— M A X Chilton (@maxchilton) August 24, 2015
Bianchi's former team Marussia, which now competes under the name Manor, joined other F1 teams and engine suppliers in tweeting messages of support.
All our thoughts & prayers are with @justin_wilson & his family right now. A much-loved member of the motorsport family.— Manor F1 Team (@ManorF1Team) August 24, 2015