Former FIA President and Formula One safety pioneer Max Mosley has died at the age of 81 it was confirmed on Monday. The Englishman who played an instrumental role in the safety innovations in Formula One following the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Aryton Senna in Imola in 1994 spent 16 years as FIA President after which he fought tooth and nail for privacy rights in the United Kingdom.

The former lawyer played an instrumental role in the Leveson Inquiry which led to the collapse of the News of the World newspaper.

In a statement, current FIA President Jean Todt said:

“Deeply saddened by the passing of Max Mosley.He was a major figure in F1 and motor sport. As FIA President for 16 years, he strongly contributed to reinforcing safety on track & on the roads. The entire FIA community pays tribute to him. Our thoughts & prayers are with his family.

The world of Formula One paid tribute to Max with McLaren tweeting:

Red Bull Racing tweeted:

Williams Racing commented via twitter saying:

Alpine tweeted:

The Haas F1 Team said:

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The Scuderia Ferrari Formula One Team tweeted:

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