Tributes have poured in for the ex-Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne after his death on Wednesday at the age of 66.
Marchionne passed away after his health deteriorated following a shoulder operation and the Formula 1 world has paid its respects to the Italian who had been running the Scuderia since 2014.
Ferrari took to to Twitter to pay tribute to their former boss, describing him as “a courageous leader”.
All of us at Ferrari feel privileged to have worked alongside a courageous leader like Sergio Marchionne, a man of enormous humanity and intelligence. In this moment of sadness, we join with his family in remembering him with immense affection. pic.twitter.com/chxYZWnjWs
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) July 25, 2018
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff will remember Marchionne as an “ally and a friend” and someone who was a “fierce competitior”.
"This is a sad day for all of us in @F1. We have a lost a huge supporter of our sport, a fierce competitor, an ally and a friend. Our heartfelt sympathies are with Sergio's family and all at @ScuderiaFerrari at this difficult time."
– Toto Wolff pic.twitter.com/LddZsUa4cI
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) July 25, 2018
The rest of the Formula 1 grid, amongst many, many others, also posted tributes on social media:
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) July 25, 2018
— McLaren Group (@McLarenGroup) July 25, 2018
As the team gathers for another race, we all remember a true friend and great inspiration to us all. Everyone at Alfa Romeo Sauber thanks Sergio Marchionne for his services to not just Formula One, but the automotive industry as a whole. Our thoughts are with him and his family. pic.twitter.com/F4L8ijS1fm
— Sauber F1 Team (@SauberF1Team) July 26, 2018
Today, the Formula One family has lost one of their own. We’re saddened by the passing away of Sergio Marchionne – our thoughts are with his family and friends and with all at @ScuderiaFerrari. pic.twitter.com/tnEgyXXHrE
— Sahara Force India (@ForceIndiaF1) July 25, 2018
— Renault Sport F1 (@RenaultSportF1) July 25, 2018
A sad day for Motorsport.
— Toro Rosso (@ToroRosso) July 25, 2018
Our hearts go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Sergio Marchionne. He blended his business acumen with his passion for motorsports and Formula 1 is better for it. pic.twitter.com/lZmOnJKUdo
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) July 25, 2018
We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Sergio Marchionne. On behalf of all at Williams, we would like to express our condolences to Sergio’s family, friends and @ScuderiaFerrari ❤️
— WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) July 25, 2018
Chairman and CEO of Formula 1. Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1, described Marchionne as “both a leader and a friend”.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sergio Marchionne,” he added.
“He was a great leader of not just Formula 1 and the automobile world, but the business world overall.
“He led with great passion, energy and insight, and inspired all around him. His contributions to Formula 1 are immeasurable.
“He was also a true friend to all of us and he will be deeply missed. At this difficult time we extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.”
Serie A giants Juventus also wore black armbands as a mark of respect to Marchionne in their International Champions Cup match against Bayern Munich.
In memory of Sergio Marchionne, tonight the team will take to the field wearing black armbands.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 25, 2018
Rest in peace, Sergio.