Maranello, 10 March 2017 – Ferrari has lost one of its greatest drivers. John Surtees has passed away in his native England at the age of 83. Born in Tatsfield on February 11 1934, Big John, as he was fondly known, won the Formula 1 World Championship in 1964 with Ferrari, becoming the only driver in history to claim both the F1 and motorcycle grand prix world titles. Surtees raced in 111 Formula 1 Grand Prix, 30 with the Scuderia Ferrari, delivering six victories, four of which were with the Maranello team between 1963 and 1966. Aside from his outstanding Formula 1 performance, Surtees contributed several victories to Ferrari’s success in the 1963 and 1965 World Sportscar Championship. All at Ferrari send their heartfelt condolences to his family at this sad time.
London, 10 March 2017 – “We deeply mourn the loss of such an incredible, kind and loving man as well as celebrate his amazing life,” a statement from the Surtees family said.
“He has set a very real example of someone who kept pushing himself at his peak and one who continued fighting until the very end.”
His wife, Jane and daughters, Leonora and Edwina were by his side.