queen lewis hamilton

Formula 1 paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on the occasion of her passing today, joining the world in mourning the passing of the British monarch.

The news was also confirmed on the official Royal website: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.”

F1 chief Stefano Domenicali said in a statement today: “Formula 1 mourns the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. For more than seven decades she dedicated her life to public service with dignity and devotion, and inspired so many around the world.

“Formula 1 sends its deepest condolences to the Royal Family and to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”

FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem wrote on Twitter: On behalf of the FIA community, I offer our sincere condolences to the Royal Family on the very sad news of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. We pay tribute to her remarkable life of service. Our thoughts are with the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”

The French owned Alpine team, with its base in the United Kingdom, said in their statement: “BWT Alpine F1 Team deeply mourns the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. For more than 70 years Her Majesty has selflessly devoted her life to serving her kingdom and her people with dignity.

“She has inspired many generations across the world to act with tolerance, kindness and poise. The team expresses its deepest sympathy and condolences to her family.

“We are proud to be a part of the United Kingdom community and to have many British and Commonwealth citizens in our workforce. We thank her for life-long devotion and pride in serving the country.”

Queen Elizabeth II of Britain smiles as she walks past waving hospital workers during her tour of the Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. (Photo by Paul Velasco / PictureNET Africa) foreign affairs

McLaren Tweeted: “The team at McLaren Racing mourn the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, whilst also remembering her incredible reign. Our thoughts are with The Royal Family and people around the world during this terribly sad time.”

Earlier in the day, when news filtered through of the Queen’s condition, seven time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, speaking ahead of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza: “It is definitely concerning. She has been such a strong leader for such a long, long time and so resilient.

“I know she has always been a real fighter, so my thoughts are with her, and the family, and my prayers are with them. I am hoping for better news soon.”

Hamilton who received his Member of the Order of the British Empire from the Queen in 2009 – has met her several times over the course of his illustrious career, describing her as a “sweet woman” and “cool.”

Fellow British driver and Mercedes teammate George Russell posted on social media: “I’m so sad to hear about the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her devotion to our country and her gracious leadership were inspirational to so many generations of people in the UK and around the world.

“My family and I send our deepest condolences to The Royal Family and to all those who admired her service to our country for seven decades. Rest in Peace.”

Formula 1 took to social media to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth