If you don’t recognize his face, you probably do. Between 1978 and 2001 he provided Formula 1 commentary for the BBC and ITV. His iconic style was loved by many, if not everyone.
In the years before his death in March of this year, he largely disappeared from the radar, but the memories of him live and resound. Walker was 91 years old.
Carlos Reutemann died in July at the age of 79 after being in hospital for more than a month. He was anemic and dehydrated. The Argentinian was the most successful Argentine car driver after five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
He raced for Brabhan, Ferrari, Lotus and Williams and won 12 Grands Prix. In 1981 he finished second in the World Cup, just one point behind Nelson Piquet. After his active F1 career, Reutemann entered politics.
Former FIA president Max Mosley suffered from cancer and passed away in May this year at the age of 81. In his position, he actually formed an inseparable duo with Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
Mosley was the FIA president until 2009 and was succeeded by Jean Todt, who recently retired from that position after twelve years.
Perhaps not the best-known name on this list, but the Dutch might know him mainly as one of the teammates with whom Jan Lammers won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1988 with Jaguar.
The Scot, who could still call himself Ayrton Senna’s teammate in Formula 1 at Lotus, died much too young at the age of 61
The death of Sir Frank Williams hit like a bomb at the end of November. He was the founder of the Williams team and single-handedly responsible for its growth into one of the most successful F1 teams ever.
Williams ended up in a wheelchair with a spinal cord injury after a car accident in France in 1986. However, that didn’t stop him from continuing to run his team until daughter Claire Williams took over the day-to-day management.
McLaren shareholder and former board member Mansour Ojjeh passed away in June this year at the age of 68. He passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family in Geneva.
Ojjeh had been associated with McLaren since 1984.
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Adrian Campos, as team principal in the junior categories, played regularly with the idea of entering Formula 1 with Campos Racing if the conditions were a little favourable. It didn’t get that far (until now), but many F1 drivers know him well.
He helped Fernando Alonso via Formula 3000 to Formula 1. More recently, guys like Lando Norris and Jack Aitken drove for the Spanish formation. Campos passed away in January and lived to be only 60 years old.