Roy Salvadori, a Formula 1 driver, and a Le Mans winner, has passed away at the age 90. Stirling said that he was “Sorry to lose another friend” coming so close to Carroll Shelby’s passing.
Salvadori entered his first Formula 1 race in a privately owned Ferrari 500 at the 1952 British Grand Prix, lining up against Stirling on the grid. Although he never emulated the Formula 1 greats of the era, he did win the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours, driving an Aston Martin DBR1 alongside Carroll Shelby, which made him a motor sport legend.
His best Formula 1 season was with the Cooper team in 1958 racing a Cooper-Climax T45, when he finished fourth overall in the driver's championship behind Mike Hawthorn, Stirling and Tony Brooks. He took a third place at the British Grand Prix, finishing behind Peter Collins and Hawthorn, and a second at the following German Grand Prix. Stirling was proud to have both raced with him as a team mate and competed against him during their professional racing careers, saying that “He was very much a part of my racing life”.
Stirling and Susie extend their condolences to Roy Salvadori’s family and friends.