McRae death hits F1 paddock

Sun, 16 September 2007, 04:10

Sadness descended even on the formula one paddock on Sunday with news that former world rally champion Colin McRae is
believed to have died.

News filtered into Spa-Francorchamps late on Saturday night that a helicopter piloted by the 39-year-old Scot had crashed.

“I knew Colin very well,” Renault racer Kovalainen, a rally fan, told the BBC. “It’s really, really sad to hear the news.”

FIA president Max Mosley added: “It’s tragic that he should die like this when he’s retired from the dangerous part of his career.

“I don’t think anybody disliked him, everyone was his friend in the sport.”

McRae won the world rally title in 1995.

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