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F1 community rallies around critically injured Justin Wilson

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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.

Bianchi's former team Marussia, which now competes under the name Manor, joined other F1 teams and engine suppliers in tweeting messages of support.