Henry Surtees, son of Formula 1 World Champion and motorcycle champion John Surtees has died after a freak accident during a weekend race at Brands Hatch. The 18-year-old was competing in a Formula 2 race on the U.K. track on Sunday when racer Jack Clarke crashed into a tire barrier ahead of him on the track. Debris from the shunt was sent back onto the racing surface, and one of the rear wheels of Clarke's racer flew off, bouncing off the helmet of Surtees and apparently knocking him unconsciou
They laughed when the FIA announced the new Formula 2 series, but preparations are under way with a talented roster of up-and-coming drivers already lining up. And with the sons of former racing legends – including names like Rosberg, Piquet and Villeneuve – already having made it into Formula 1, the new series has signed Henry Surtees to drive in its inaugural season.