Chris Amon: Former Ferrari driver passes away aged 73 after battling cancer

by Adam Arbon

Former Ferrari driver Chris Amon has died at the age of 73, he had been suffering from cancer in recent years and passed away in New Zealand surrounded by his family.

Amon competed in Formula 1 from 1963 to 1976 and was considered one of the most talented drivers of his generation, he was never able to win a Grand Prix.

The New Zealander however did win the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1966 along with fellow New Zealander Bruce McLaren.

After his retirement he worked as a consultant and then received an MBE for the services to Motorsport in 1993.

A family statement read: “Chris battled cancer in recent years but retained not only a close interest in Formula One – and his very wide range of favourite topics – but also his wonderful sense of humour, complete with infectious chuckle.”

Amon was well respected in the Formula 1 and will be remembered as a top driver on the grid.

He managed to reach the podium on eleven occasions in Formula 1 but his biggest triumph was winning Le Mans.


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