It’s a sad period for Lotus historians – following former driver Trevor Taylor losing his battle with cancer a week ago – with news that former team boss Peter Warr (pictured, congratulating Ayrton Senna on his maiden F1 win in 1985) has also passed away due to a heart attack.
A former Formula 3 racer, Warr was appointed to the Lotus team by Colin Chapman in 1969, and in his role helping to run the F1 squad, he was also instrumental in the respective championship successes of Jochen Rindt in 1970 and Emerson Fittipaldi in 1972.
Warr left Lotus in 1977 to join the new Wolf squad – which made history by winning its debut F1 race with Jody Scheckter at the wheel – and stayed with the squad when it merged with the Fittipaldi team.
Warr would return to Lotus in 1981, and took the top job after Chapman’s sudden death in late 1982. He stayed on with the squad – which saw the appointment of Ayrton Senna as one of its highlights – until 1989, when he joined the FIA as a permanent steward, later going on to become the British Racing Drivers’ Club secretary.
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone – a management rival of Warr in the eighties when Ecclestone was himself the boss of the Brabham F1 team – paid tribute to his close friend.
“Not only have I lost a good friend who was the team manager for Lotus when Colin Chapman ran the company but Peter Warr, who died yesterday of a heart attack will be missed by the thousands of people that knew him,” Ecclestone said in a statement on the Formula1.com website.
“When Peter was in Formula 1 he helped me to build it to what it is today. Thank you Peter.”
We at Richard’s F1 extend our condolences to Peter’s family and friends during this sad time.
[Original image via British Speed]