http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/66160 Former FIA president Jean Marie Balestre has passed away at the age of 87, French media reported on Friday. Balestre was president of FISA from 1979 to 1991 and then of the FIA from 1986 to 1993, before Max Mosley took over the position. The cause of his death is yet unknown. "This is a tremendous loss for motorsport," French motorsport federation president Nicolas Deschaux was quoted as saying by TF1. "He always knew how to carry the voice of the institutions he managed." Former grand prix driver Jacques Laffite told L'Equipe: "We drivers loved him so much. He did a lot for us. We owe him enormously."