Former Lotus boss Warr dies
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has led tributes to former Lotus team boss Peter Warr, who has died of a heart attack at the age of 72.
Last Updated: 06/10/10 4:22pm
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has led tributes to former Lotus team boss Peter Warr, who has died of a heart attack at the age of 72.
Warr, who died at home in France on Monday, was Lotus team manager under founder Colin Chapman between 1969 and 1976, a period which saw Jochen Rindt and Emerson Fittipaldi win world titles for the team.
He then left to join Wolf Racing but rejoined Lotus in 1981. After Chapman's death the following year, he served as team principal until 1989.
"Not only have I lost a good friend who was the team manager for Lotus when Colin Chapman ran the company but Peter Warr, who died yesterday of a heart attack, will be missed by the thousands of people that knew him," Ecclestone said on the official Formula One website.
"When Peter was in Formula One he helped me to build it to what it is today," F1's commercial rights controller added.
Warr attended this year's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix to witness the return of the Lotus name to F1 in conjunction with Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes.
"Peter was a great supporter of our racing aspirations and it was fantastic to meet someone with such knowledge, spirit and passion for Lotus and for our sport," Fernandes said.