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Statement on the passing of Gil de Ferran


It is with deep sadness that McLaren Racing shares the heartbreaking news of the passing of a beloved member of our McLaren Racing family, Gil de Ferran. We are deeply shocked and saddened by this sudden and immense loss. Gilís extraordinary contributions to the world of racing and his dedication to McLaren Racing will forever be remembered and cherished.†

Gil, a two-time Champ Car world champion in 2000 and 2001 and 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner, has worked with both the IndyCar and Formula 1 teams for McLaren Racing and has been instrumental in the teamsí strong performances in the 2023 seasons. †

The thoughts of everyone at McLaren Racing are with Gilís family, friends and loved ones. We hope the shared memories we all have of Gil give them some strength at this incredibly difficult time and beyond.†

Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing said: †

ďThe news of Gilís passing leaves us devastated. Gil was not only a dear friend but a fearless racer whose passion and determination on the track inspired us all. Iíve raced with Gil all over the world and watched him win some of the biggest races. His time with us here at McLaren Racing has been pivotal in our forward development, particularly this past year and the turnaround of our F1 teamís performance and results. His legacy will continue to shape our teamís future.ď†

Andrea Stella, F1 Team Principal, McLaren Racing said:

ĒGilís passing has left a profound void in the racing community and here at McLaren. We are shocked and deeply saddened by this loss and will forever be grateful for his invaluable contributions to our teamís success. Gil was a personal friend, a man of unparalleled integrity and an example of how being a tough and competitive racer did not exclude respect and humanity. Gil possessed the most brilliant mind and was a strategic thinker with a unique span of knowledge, driven by curiosity and rigour. His hugely positive impact was felt by everyone who worked alongside him. He will be so sorely missed.Ē†

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