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Philippe Streiff dead at 67: Tributes paid to F1 icon who was left paralysed in horror pre-season testing accident


FORMULA ONE legend Philippe Streiff has died at the age of 67 bringing the world of motorsport to mourning.

Streiff enjoyed a notable career as he won the French Formula 3 championship in 1981 before moving up to F1 three years later.

Formula One legend Philippe Streiff has died at the age of 67

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Formula One legend Philippe Streiff has died at the age of 67Credit: Rex
Philippe Streiff enjoyed a lot of success during his motorsport career

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Philippe Streiff enjoyed a lot of success during his motorsport careerCredit: Getty

The former Tyrrell and AGS driver recorded one podium finish after finishing third at the 1985 Australian Grand Prix while competing for Equipe Ligier.

But unfortunately the Frenchman’s career was cut short after a horrific car crash during pre-season testing in Brazil in 1989.

The former Renault star was left paralysed from the neck down but he continued to stay close with the sport.

Streiff organised the Masters Karting Paris Bercy competition, which saw F1 stars like Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel perform.

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The legendary driver was also key in promoting awareness of road safety and disabilities.

Tributes poured following the news of his death with notable figures from F1 and other backgrounds paying their respects.

Streiff’s former Tyrrell team-mate Martin Brundle tweeted: “Sad to hear this about my former teammate Philippe.

“Lovely guy, and very stylish in and out of the car. I remember that day clearly when we were testing in Rio and he had his crash. The red flag followed by the medivac heli. Different days.”

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali stated: “I am saddened to hear that Philippe Streiff has passed away. He showed incredible guts and determination throughout his life.

“The way he overcame his accident and rebuilt his life was inspirational. We all send our condolences to his family at this sad time.”

Author Richard Jenkins added: “His constant positive outlook on life despite great adversity is an inspiration to us all.

“He was a huge help & great supporter of the upcoming Tyrrell book & will be missed by so many. He was much underrated driver too. RIP.”





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