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:
McLaren Racing sends its condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of former FIA president Max Mosley on the news of his passing.
His tenure was defined by the major safety advances in motorsport and global mobility that continue to this day. pic.twitter.com/hf6CVZA4Fb
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) May 24, 2021
Red Bull Racing tweeted:
We're very sorry to hear about the passing of Max Mosley today. Our thoughts are with his family. https://t.co/uAxdEf7xOK
— Red Bull Racing Honda (@redbullracing) May 24, 2021
Williams Racing commented via twitter saying:
We are saddened to learn of the passing of former FIA president, Max Mosley.
Our condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/IZXUIEmLyf
— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) May 24, 2021
Alpine F1 Team is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Max Mosley, a Titan of the sport who contributed so much to the modern age. His legacy endures to this day, and will continue into the future. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. pic.twitter.com/Ni4XbruyNx
— Alpine F1 Team (@AlpineF1Team) May 24, 2021
The Haas F1 Team said:
Our thoughts go out to Max’s family and friends at this time. https://t.co/HBK5LXXf4T
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) May 24, 2021
Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN commented saying;
Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen wish to express our deepest condolences to the family of Max Mosley. The world of motorsports today mourns one of its true legends. pic.twitter.com/CshupdsQiE
— Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN (@alfaromeoracing) May 24, 2021
The Scuderia Ferrari Formula One Team tweeted:
We are deeply saddened by the news of Max Mosley's passing. He was passionate about motorsport and as President of the @FIA he made an immensely valuable contribution to improving safety in the sport. @ScuderiaFerrari extends its sincere condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/8MmrnYucWN
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) May 24, 2021