Jenson Button leads the tributes as world of motorsport mourns Sheffield racing driver Justin Wilson

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Major figures from the world of motorsport have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Sheffield racing driver Justin Wilson who has tragically died after a crash in America

The 37-year-old was seriously injured when he was hit by debris during the IndyCar race at Pennsylvania’s Pocono Raceway on Sunday. He died 24 hours later.

Wilson's friend, former F1 World Champion Jenson Button, led the tributes.

He tweeted: "The motorsport World comes 2 a standstill once again. @justin_wilson was a great person & racing driver. My thoughts are with his family RIP."

Another British racing great, Nigel Mansell, said: "Terrible news flashed up on American TV.Justin dies from injuries sustained from Sunday's race.Deepest condolences to all the family R.I.P."

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Fellow British driver and TV pundit David Coulthard tweeted: "So sad, so sorry."

Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya, who raced against Wilson in the 2003 F1 season, tweeted: "Tough day in motorsport today as we loose another great person and driver. RIP Justin. You will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for his family."

American driver Marco Andretti's tweet summed up his thoughts in two words: "No thoughts."

Up and coming F1 star Max Verstappen took to Twitter to say: "Awful news for motor racing again... @justin_wilson you will be truly missed.. #BadassWilson"

Another current F1 star, Romain Grosjean, tweeted: "So sad to hear that Justin Wilson passed away. What a dreadful news and what a dramatic year for racing. Losing too many champions."

Stars of motorsport past and present have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Justin Wilson

Stars of motorsport past and present have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Justin Wilson

Former F1 star Nick Heidfeld tweeted: "Terrible news of Justin Wilson not being with us any more. My thoughts are with his family."

Broadcaster Jake Humphrey, who used to be the face of the BBC's F1 coverage, posted "Motorsport in mourning again. @justin_wilson, top racing driver, but more importantly a son, husband, and father. RIP."

Driver Ben Collins, best known for previously being The Stig on Top Gear, tweeted: "Deeply saddened by the loss of a friend and such a genuine superstar - my thoughts are with the Wilson family."