FIA president Max Mosley has paid tribute to predecessor Jean-Marie Balestre, who passed away today.
Balestre was president of the FIA from 1986 to 1993, when he stood down in favour of Mosley.
This came after Mosley took over the presidency of FISA in 1991 after an election.
Reacting to the news of Balestre's passing away, Mosley said that everyone within motor sport would miss him.
"It is with immense sadness that we have learned of the passing of Jean-Marie," said Mosley.
"His contribution to motor sport in France and indeed throughout the world has been unique.
"All those involved in our sport will miss him greatly and will join with me in extending our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this very difficult time."