Formula One and McLaren Lead Tributes After the Passing of Prince Philip

Published 04/10/2021, 3:01 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 14, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Earlier today, tragic news emerged from the United Kingdom. Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip, passed away at the ripe old age of 99. In light of that, Formula One paid tribute to the late monarch who had attended a few F1 races in his younger days. As it turned out, he had even gotten a chance to meet the late McLaren champion, James Hunt, who was in his prime.

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McLaren, the British marquee, was also deeply affected by the monarch’s passing. When the news broke, the team released a statement to the public and their fans.

“All at McLaren are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We join with people around the world in mourning his loss, and our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and The Royal Family.”

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According to several reports, the 99-year-old passed away peacefully in his sleep, due to natural causes. Even the likes of Red Bull, Alpine, Williams and Aston Martin sent in tributes. Since these five teams have factories based in the United Kingdom, the news hits closer to home.

The Royal Family has taken some interest in Formula One

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Formula One is largely regarded as an elite sport. There were even some occasions where some members of the British Royal Family attended a couple of F1 races. On other occasions, Formula One would go to the other side to meet the Royal Family during special occasions.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during qualifying REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Among them, the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull team boss Christian Horner have met the Queen herself. Even the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, has turned up on occasion to watch a live Formula One race. Without a doubt, the whole country will be in mourning after the loss of the monarch.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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