Tributes poured in on Tuesday from the F1 community following the passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore, the amazing 100-year-old war veteran who raised millions for the NHS last year.
Captain Sir Tom became an inspiration and a true hero for Britain last spring when he raised an astonishing £38 million for NHS charities by walking 100 laps around his garden during the country’s COVID lockdown period.
He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in July and enjoyed an RAF flypast to mark his 100th birthday.
But Captain Sir Tom was also a big fan of F1 and particularly of McLaren. Lando Norris extended an offer to the legendary veteran to visit Woking and gave him one of his race helmets.
The McLaren driver naturally led the tributes from F1 following Captain Sir Tom’s passing from COVID-19 earlier this week.
“With sadness one of the coolest and most inspiring characters has passed away,” wrote Norris on social media.
“A man who showed the world what you can do no matter the age or difficulty. It was a pleasure to share some good laughs with you, I’ll remember them. To an inspiration. Rest in peace Captain Sir Tom.”
McLaren followed suit with a tribute from its staff, as did Williams.
“Everybody at McLaren is deeply saddened to hear the news of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s passing,” the team said.
“His remarkable resilience, courage and optimism will continue to inspire us all. Our thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time.”
All at Williams are deeply saddened to learn of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s passing.
During such a challenging time, he was an inspiration to so many not just in the UK but around the world. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. https://t.co/jgDnGJFAmZ
— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) February 2, 2021
And seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton also honoured the memory of the man who heroically won the nation’s hearts last year.
“I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore,” said the Mercedes driver.
“He was an inspiration to the entire country and I am honoured to have had the opportunity to be able to tell him how in awe of him I was.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family today, as well as everyone who has lost a loved one to this virus. Captain Sir Tom was a true hero and we will never forget the incredible man who brought out the best of us at such a difficult time. RIP Captain Sir Tom.”
Captain Sir Tom, a shining light in a very dark time and an inspiration for all of us.
RIP and blue skies to you Sir, your duty is done.
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