Former F1 and motorcycling world champion John Surtees dies aged 83
Last Updated: 10/03/17 7:41pm
John Surtees, the only man to win world titles on both two and four wheels, has died aged 83.
The Briton won the F1 title in 1964 for Ferrari to add to his 500cc motorcycle world titles from 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1960 and three championships won at 350cc - in 1958, 1959 and 1960.
His family announced the news in a statement issued on the Henry Surtees Foundation Facebook page.
"It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our husband and father, John Surtees CBE," the statement read.
"John, 83, was admitted to St Georges Hospital, London in February with an existing respiratory condition and after a short period in intensive care he passed away peacefully this afternoon. His wife, Jane and daughters, Leonora and Edwina were by his side.
"John was a loving husband, father, brother and friend. He was also one of the true greats of motorsport and continued to work tirelessly up until recently with The Henry Surtees Foundation and Buckmore Park Kart Circuit.
"We deeply mourn the loss of such an incredible, kind and loving man as well as celebrate his amazing life. 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.
"We would like to thank all the staff at St George's Hospital and The East Surrey Hospital for their professionalism and support during this difficult time for us. Thank you also to all of those who have sent their kind messages in recent weeks.
"Funeral details will be announced in due course."
During a motorcycle career which saw him race for Norton and MV Augusta, he also became the first man to win the Senior TT on the Isle of Man three years in succession.
He started over 100 F1 grands prix, winning six, in a career which took him to Ferrari, Cooper and Honda, as well as starting a team which bore his name.
In 2009 his son Henry was killed while competing in a Formula Two race at Brands Hatch, aged 18, when he was struck on the head by a wheel which had become detached from another car.
The Henry Surtees Award was launched in his memory by the family in 2010 to be awarded annually for the most outstanding performance by a rising motor racer.
John Surtees was awarded the CBE in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to motorsport.
F1 tributes to John Surtees
Rest in Peace John Surtees, a great champion in every respect. Sadly he'll never get the Knighthood he deserved. Condolences to the family 😔— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) March 10, 2017
The only man to win World Championships on two wheels and four, John Surtees has died aged 83. Was always an absolute pleasure to interview.— Rachel Brookes (@RachelBrookesTV) March 10, 2017