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Balestre dead at age 87

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  1. cantsleepnk

    cantsleepnk Formula Junior

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    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."
     
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  3. RP

    RP F1 World Champ

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    He put in place what is today's F1 and LeMans style racing. His name wil be remembered.
     
  4. fluque

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    RIP

    IIRC he was controversial at times. Things did not get any better with Mosley as his succesor
     
  5. jk0001

    jk0001 F1 Veteran

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    great loss
     
  6. Senna1994

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    What will be missed was his complete craziness when he was running the FIA. Rollerskating down the Pits with a Transvestite in Brasil and then addressing the crowd in Spanish. Banging his fist on the table at meetings with his face completely contorting. What a character, he will be missed.
     
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  8. tifosi12

    tifosi12 Four Time F1 World Champ
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    His name will be remembered because he was a complete failure as FISA president.

    The current F1 is mostly defined by Bernie Ecclestone and Bala's successor Mad Max.
     
  9. Arvin Grajau

    Arvin Grajau Five Time F1 World Champ

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    I agree,he is of the mold of our Australian race people (CAMS) unemployable.
     
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