John Surtees, the only rider who managed to become champion of the world of motorcycling and Formula 1, has died at the age of 83 hospital St George’s London, as confirmed by the family in a statement.
The statement says the following:
“march 10, 2017 – Release of the family Surtees
With great sadness we announce the death of our husband and father, John Surtees.
John, who is 83 years old, was admitted in the hospital of St. George’s in London, in February due to a respiratory illness, and after a short period in intensive care, has passed away peacefully this afternoon. His wife, Jane, and their daughters, Leonora and Edwina were at her side.
John was a beloved husband, father, brother and friend. He was also one of the truly greats of motorsport and he continued working tirelessly until very recently with the Foundation of Henry Surtees and the go-Kart Circuit Buckmore Park.
we deeply Regret the loss of this incredible, kind and adorable man as much as we celebrate his incredible life. It has been a real ejemo of someone who always kept fighting all he could and that continued until the last moment.
We would like to thank the staff of the Hospital of St. George’s and the Hospital in East Surrey for their professionalism and support during these difficult times for us. Thanks to all who have sent their kind messages in the last few weeks.
The details of the funeral will be announced shortly.
John Surtees went down in history for their sporting successes, both in two and in four wheels. His career in motorcycling began in 1952, always with bikes of large displacements. Won seven world motorcycling: four 500cc and three 350cc.
His last year in the two-wheeler was 1960, when he contested his first grand prix of Formula 1 with Lotus. After riding for Cooper and Lotus again, he signed for Ferrari, who won the 1964 World’s. Runner-up two years later, he went to Honda, BRM, McLaren and, finally, with his own team, before hanging up the helmet permanently in 1972, when only qualified for the GP of Italy, and he left.
With his passing, the world champion of Formula 1 more more with life is Jackie Stewart, 77 years.