The world of Formula 1 has paid tribute to fundraising hero Captain Sir Tom following the 100-year-old’s death on Tuesday night.
Early in the pandemic, Captain Sir Tom Moore, wanting to raise money for the NHS, completed 100 laps of his garden shortly before his 100th birthday, and his effort quickly gained a huge amount of attention.
As his story grew and grew, more people donated to his fundraiser and he ultimately raised over £30million and was knighted by the Queen for his efforts.
An avid fan of F1, he also formed a friendship with Lando Norris, who sent him a signed helmet and invited him for a tour of the McLaren HQ when safe.
Following the news that he had died after being infected by COVID-19, Norris was the first of many to pay tribute to him.
With sadness one of the coolest and most inspiring characters has passed away. A man who showed the world what you can do no matter the age or difficulty. It was a pleasure to share some good laughs with you, I’ll remember them.
To an inspiration. Rest in peace Captain Sir Tom. pic.twitter.com/zVK2uG46LM
— Lando Norris (@LandoNorris) February 2, 2021
George Russell and his team also shared messages on social media, with the Brit saying he was “a true hero”.
Captain Sir Tom Moore was a shining light in these dark times. A true hero, who inspired us all. My thoughts are with his family and friends. https://t.co/0cLbUQvnXB
— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) February 2, 2021
All at Williams are deeply saddened to learn of Captain Sir Tom Moore's passing.
During such a challenging time, he was an inspiration to so many not just in the UK but around the world. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. https://t.co/jgDnGJFAmZ
— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) February 2, 2021
Aston Martin echoed Russell’s sentiment, stating that Captain Tom served as an inspiration to everyone.
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Captain Sir Tom Moore. He was, and will always be, an inspiration to us all. A true hero. 💚 https://t.co/BHjIyerFm7
— Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team (@AstonMartinF1) February 2, 2021
The official account for the sport meanwhile shared Norris’s words while thanking him for all the positivity he brought to the world.
RIP Captain Sir Tom
Thank you for the positivity and inspiration you brought to so many ❤️ https://t.co/tLBPRmrLWB
— Formula 1 (@F1) February 2, 2021
Rest in peace, Sir, a true hero.