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Clive Chapman pays tribute to Warr

Peter Warr with Colin Chapman in 1982Clive Chapman, son of Lotus founder Colin, has paid tribute to Peter Warr after the death of the long-time Lotus team manager yesterday.

Warr spent the majority of his Formula 1 career with Lotus, and ran the squad for several years after Colin Chapman passed away at the end of 1982.

"Peter Warr was a man of great ability and character who lived life to the full and put in very much more than he took out," said Clive Chapman. "He was a leading figure in Formula 1 in the seventies and eighties, and helped many great drivers to realise their dreams.

"At Team Lotus he managed not only the team, the sponsors and the drivers, but also, and perhaps most importantly, my father; he played a vital role in enabling him to realise the potential of his engineering brilliance.

"After my father's death in 1982 he stepped up to lead Team Lotus and take it back into the winner's circle with Ayrton Senna at the wheel; a fantastic achievement in difficult circumstances.

"A sophisticated man of great taste, who cared always for his family and his team; always thinking of those around him and always thinking of ways around the opposition, in the best possible spirit.

"He will be remembered fondly by so many people that he met throughout the course of his exciting life, during which he achieved so much."

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