Thu 08 Sep 2022

WRC mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

The FIA World Rally Championship is saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The whole WRC community joins the world in mourning Her Majesty's loss and we send our condolences to the British Royal Family and to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.   

Leading the tributes was former WRC competitor and current FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, who said: “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Queen was undoubtedly one of the most respected heads of state ever to have lived, and I send my condolences, and those of the entire FIA community, to the Royal Family and all of the citizens of The United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Motor sport, and especially Formula 1, has its heart in the United Kingdom, and the Royal Family has over the years given great support and patronage to the sport. For this we thank them, and those events taking place around the world this weekend will undoubtedly be undertaken in honour of her Majesty."

Malcolm Wilson OBE, owner of British squad M-Sport Ford, said: "I think, like every one in the UK, I am totally saddened by the passing of the most amazing lady whom I personally hold in so much respect for how she has held everything together for such a long period of time and somebody my mother believed kept the country together. For me, to lose two very special people within two months of each other is so, so sad. The world will be a sadder place without our Monarch. I had the honour of meeting her at one of the Queen's garden parties along with receiving my OBE and those will be the most treasured memories of my life."

Rich Millener, team principal of M-Sport Ford, said: “Tonight, the UK mourns the loss of a fantastic leader and an inspiration on how to conduct yourself and the nation through good and bad. Rest in Peace.”

M-Sport driver Gus Greensmith added: “A life of dedication and service to our country. For me, the Queen represented the core values of what makes me extremely proud to have the British flag on my door. God save the Queen.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing star Elfyn Evans echoed the comments above, saying: “This is extremely sad news. Rest in peace Your Majesty.”

WRC2 frontrunner Chris Ingram also said: “It’s extremely sad that we have had this awful news tonight in the UK for our Queen. It’s so sad and that’s where all of our hearts are right now.”

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