The mythical John Surtees, died last Friday. A British man who owes the world of motor racing and speed much. The family sadly announced his death through social networks. Surtees died at St Georges Hospital in London, where had been admitted the previous month because of breathing problems.
It was the first pilot, and so far the only, to win the World Championships in the highest categories of motorcycling and car racing in its time. John Surtees loomed with the titles in the category of 500cc motorcycle (then the “category Queen” of motorcycling) in 1956 with MV Agusta and F1 in 1964 with Ferrari.
Sport makes us meet people so special, passionate and committed to their hobbies as Surtees. Until very recently it was possible to see for the paddock of some circuits during the days of Grand Prix or at different events driving their old cars of competition.
John Surtees, Motorsport legend and 1964 World Champion with Ferrari, passed away. Our thoughts are with his family pic.twitter.com/dVzAHSGo2A
-Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) March 10, 2017
Now, probably more sad John Surtees and his family life was the death of his son, Henry Surtees. Born in 1991, the young man was a promise in speed racing but an accident in competition in June 2009, in a Formula 2 at Brands Hatch race, cost him his life. At that time John decided to create the “Henry Surtees Foundation”, to help people with brain or physical injury.
Today it seems impossible that a MotoGP rider can win the motorcycling Championship and subsequently reach the Formula 1 to conquer it; or vice versa. A few years ago, in some moments, it was rumored that Valentino Rossi could have him tried, but finally failed to leave MotoGP by Formula 1.