Formula 1: Belgian F1 chief Nathalie Maillet dead in alleged murder-suicide- In a piece of news that shook the F1 fraternity, Spa-Francorchamps circuit director which hosts the Belgian Grand Prix, Nathalie Maillet was found dead on Sunday morning local time. It is suspected that Nathalie Maillet was killed in an alleged murder-suicide. The 51-year-old corpse was found alongside her husband and another woman at her home in the town of Gouvy in the Luxembourg province of Belgium. All three bodies had gunshot wounds.
As per a statement by Luxembourg’s public prosecutor, “At 00:10, the bodies of two women and one man were discovered by the police in a house in Gouvy, all three presenting gunshot wounds. According to our information, the male individual voluntarily used his firearm to kill both women, including his wife, before killing himself.”
The death of Nathalie Maillet, director of the Spa circuit, is a painful loss. Our shared passion for motorsport will be fondly remembered. Audi Sport extends its sympathies to all her relatives.#PerformanceIsAnAttitude #GT3 pic.twitter.com/uXFBa9hJc8
— Audi Sport (@audisport) August 16, 2021
Formula 1- Nathalie Maillet dead: Spa-Francorchamps circuit sent out a brief statement after her passing, writing, “It is with great sadness that the team of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit have been informed of the death of Nathalie Maillet, CEO. On this very sad day, the whole staff wish to present their most sincere condolences to Nathalie’s family and friends. The circuit, but also motor racing, has lost today a passionate woman, strong in her convictions and always looking to the future.”
Formula 1- Nathalie Maillet dead: Nathalie Maillet was appointed CEO way back in 2016, instrumental in upgrading the ageing facilities at the track which hosts the Belgian Grand Prix. Melchior Wathelet, chairman of the board of directors of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, added also paid his condolences to her family and loved ones after her shock suicide murder. Wathelet hailed Maillet’s abilities as director of the Spa-Francorchamps and said that the 51-year-old had become the face of the circuit and “embodied the passion for racing we all shared.”
We are deeply saddened by the awful news that our friend Nathalie Maillet has died. The whole of Formula 1 sends its deepest condolences to her family and friends. The motorsport community has lost an incredible person and we will all miss her greatly.
— F1 Media (@F1Media) August 15, 2021
Formula 1 themselves sent out their condolences on social media and claimed that her death will be a huge miss for the motorsport world. As things stand, the next race on the F1 calendar is the Belgian Grand Prix, which will be held at the Spa Francorchamps Circuit on 29 August.