F1 pad­dock mourns BMW leg­end Paul Rosche and Mclaren doc­tor Aki Hintsa

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Two un­sung he­roes of the For­mula 1 pad­dock were lost last week, with pi­o­neer­ing BMW en­gi­neer Paul Rosche and long-serv­ing Mclaren doc­tor Aki Hintsa both pass­ing away.

Rosche, who was 82, worked for the Ger­man man­u­fac­turer from 1957-’99, spe­cial­is­ing in de­vel­op­ing en­gines that led BMW to suc­cess in For­mula 1, tour­ing cars and sportscar rac­ing.

He was cen­tral to the firm’s F1 suc­cess with its tur­bocharged en­gine in the 1980s, help­ing Brab­ham’s Nel­son Pi­quet to the world cham­pi­onship in 1983.

Fin­nish F1 coach Hintsa joined Mclaren in 1998, be­com­ing physi­cian and chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer dur­ing an 11-year spell at the team.

Mclaren said in a state­ment: “It was with deep sor­row that we heard the news that Dr Aki Hintsa had died.

“Aki had been fight­ing can­cer with ex­tra­or­di­nary courage in re­cent months, his in­domitable spirit an in­spi­ra­tion to all who crossed his path. He was taken from us far too soon, aged just 58, but he packed more into his all-too-brief life than did many who lived al­most twice as long. He il­lu­mi­nated the lives of ev­ery­one he met.”

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