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Formula One marshal working at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix ‘has been forced to quit’

F1 marshal working at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix ‘is forced to quit’ after posting on Twitter that he ‘hoped’ Lewis Hamilton would suffer a similar crash to Romain Grosjean’s 137mph fireball smash in Bahrain in 2020

  • A F1 marshal tweeted that he hoped Lewis Hamilton would suffer a crash 
  • User said he hoped it would be like Romain Grosjean’s in November 2020 
  • Grosjean suffered severe burns to his hands and a sprained ankle after crash
  • User later apologised but The Sun claim marshal has been removed from post 

A Formula One marshal scheduled to work at this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has reportedly been fired after posting a tweet saying he ‘hoped’ to see Lewis Hamilton suffer a crash. 

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Putting up a post on Twitter as @Heem4U, the user replied to a picture of the seven-time world champion by writing he ‘hoped’ the Mercedes star suffered a similar accident to Romain Grosjean during his fireball crash at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix.

The 35-year-old was lucky to escape with his life after emerging from a raging blaze with severe burns to his hands and a sprained ankle having crashed into a barrier at 140mph during a Formula One race in November 2020.

Writing in Arabic, the user wrote: ‘I hope he has an accident like Roman (sic) accident in Bahrain.’ 

The Sun now claim the man has been removed from his post after raising the issue with the FIA as well as the organisers of Sunday’s race. 

The user then posted again soon after, this time apologising to Hamilton and revealing he was withdrawing from Sunday’s race on the Jeddah circuit. 

An F1 marshal has been fired after posting he hoped Lewis Hamilton would have an accident

The user wanted the accident to be similar to Romain Grosjean's horror crash in 2020 (above)

The user wanted the accident to be similar to Romain Grosjean’s horror crash in 2020 (above)

‘I offer my apologies to the Saudi Motorsports and Motorcycle Federation,’ the tweet read. ‘And for driver Lewis Hamilton.

‘On my previous tweet, I announced (sic) my withdrawal from the ring [race].’

Images from the Twitter account show plenty of videos related to the sport, including an AlphaTauri pitstop and a series of photos of trophies handed out during the season.

In another message on his account which laid out the Briton’s desire to help change the poor human rights record in Saudi Arabia, a reply from the account reads: ‘The Saudi authorities do not respond to dogs.

‘If a person saw him, they would have responded to him.’

The user then posted again on Twitter apologising to Hamilton and confirming his withdrawal

The user then posted again on Twitter apologising to Hamilton and confirming his withdrawal

Formula 1 has confirmed the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will go ahead despite an oil depot attack

Formula 1 has confirmed the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will go ahead despite an oil depot attack

It is yet another source of tension ahead of Sunday’s race, which has already been rocked by an attack on an oil depot close to the Jeddah circuit.

F1 chiefs however have confirmed the Grand Prix will still go ahead as planned, after drivers were locked in a three-and-a-half-hour meeting in the paddock to discuss whether it should still take place.

Hamilton campaigned for it to be scrapped, but when that gathering left the paddock, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner confirmed: ‘We’ll be racing.’

An F1 statement on Saturday then read: ‘Following the widely reported incident that took place in Jeddah on Friday, there has been extensive discussion between all stakeholders, the Saudi government authorities and security agencies who have given full and detailed assurances that the event is secure.

‘It has been agreed with all stakeholders to maintain a clear and open dialogue throughout the event and for the future.’

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