FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem released the following statement following the death of Hyundai Motorsport World Rally driver Craig Breen who tragically passed away following a crash while testing in Croatia on Thursday.
FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem: “On behalf of the FIA, I extend sincere condolences to the family & friends of Craig Breen following his passing during a private testing accident. Our thoughts & prayers are with his loved ones & the Rally community at this difficult time.” pic.twitter.com/kuIugu51qt
— FIA (@fia) April 13, 2023
The 33-year-old Waterford native was taking part in a pre-event test before next weekend’s Rally Croatia when his car left the road and hit an electricity pole. Breen’s co-driver, James Fulton, was unharmed in the crash.
Formula One tweeted:
The Formula 1 community is sending our thoughts and love to Craig Breen's family and friends https://t.co/vuI9Tgs0NY
— Formula 1 (@F1) April 13, 2023
The ABB Formula E World CHampionship tweeted:
Our thoughts go out to Craig's family and friends at this difficult time. ❤️ https://t.co/Y1tYdAT5sP
— ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (@FIAFormulaE) April 13, 2023
Defending Formula E champion Stoffel Vandoorne commented saying:
Incredibly sad news 😢 RIP 🙏🏼 https://t.co/Ek7PO7sACx
— Stoffel Vandoorne (@svandoorne) April 13, 2023
Several Formula One teams, Haas, Ferrari, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake, Oracle Red Bull Racing, and McLaren, all tweeted their sadness at the news.
Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake driver Valtteri Bottas said:
Shocking news. RIP @Craig_Breen 🍀 https://t.co/DxyWKIJHt3
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) April 13, 2023
The world of motorsport is mourning the death of Waterford driver Craig Breen. pic.twitter.com/nuHzq6aGDQ
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) April 13, 2023