After Villota, Formula 1 shocked by another death

2013 Dunlop 24 Hours podium (L to R) Bernd Schneider, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Sean Edwards and Khalid Al Qubaisi

2013 Dunlop 24 Hours podium (L to R) Bernd Schneider, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Sean Edwards and Khalid Al Qubaisi

Following the sad news of the death of Maria de Villota, the Formula 1 world is mourning yet another driver.

“Always enjoyed watching him drive at the Formula 1 weekends,” Mark Webber rued on Twitter, referring to Sean Edwards.

26-year-old Edwards, who was leading this year’s edition of the Formula 1 support series Porsche Supercup, was killed on Tuesday at a circuit in Queensland.

He was in Australia on driver coaching duties, and was in the passenger seat when the Porsche GT3 hit the wall at 210 km/h and burst into flames.

Edwards, who was killed instantly, had recently appeared in the new Formula 1 feature film Rush, playing his father Guy who was one of the brave drivers who pulled Niki Lauda from his burning Ferrari in 1976.

“Sad period in the racing world due to the loss of Maria de Villota and Sean Edwards, who I went to school with,” said Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg on Twitter. (GMM)

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