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