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Paolo Giancarlo Faletti Gislimberti (born 19 May 1967 in Trento, TN, Trentino-South Tyrol, Italy – died 10 September 2000 in Monza, MB, Lombardy, Italy) was an Italian volunteer firefighter and youth coach. He was killed by a loose wheel from Heinz-Harald Frentzen's Jordan Formula One car on the first lap of the 2000 Italian Grand Prix.

Gislimberti was stationed behind the left side barrier near the Variante della Roggia, the second of Monza's three chicanes. As cars approached the braking zone for the corner, a collision involving Frentzen, Jarno Trulli, David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello occurred which put all four drivers out of the race. As Frentzen's car hit Trulli's, the German driver's front-left wheel became detached and flew over the Armco barrier at high speed, striking the Italia marshal in the head and chest.

His death was the first at any Formula One event since Ayrton Senna at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, something which almost prompted Michael Schumacher to quit the sport.

AftermathEdit

Gislimberti's funeral was held in Lavis at the Sant'Udalrico church on 14 September. His coffin was wrapped with the flag of Ferrari, as Gislimberti had a passion for the team, which was represented by Luca Badoer, Claudio Berro and Stefano Domenicali.

Five races later, at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix, the first race of the new season, death was to strike Formula One again, when Australian marshal Graham Beveridge suffered fatal injuries, also from being hit by a loose wheel.

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