Former Minardi boss Rumi dies

Former Minardi majority shareholder and Fondmetal F1 team boss Gabriele Rumi died on Monday evening after losing his fight against cancer

Former Minardi boss Rumi dies

The 61-year-old became involved in Formula 1in 1983 when he sponsored Osella driver Piercarlo Ghinzani. Rumi then bought Osella seven years later, which he renamed after his Fondmetal alloy wheel business in 1991.

After quitting F1 as a team owner a few years later, Rumi maintained his link with the sport by becoming the mentor of driver Gabriele Tarquini and purchasing the state-of-the-art Casumaro wind tunnel. In 1996, he bought in to Minardi and became its majority shareholder a year later. Australian aviation magnate Paul Stoddart acquired his stake in Minardi earlier this year.

A memorial service will be held at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Piazza Roma, Palazzolo sull'Oglio tomorrow (Wednesday).

A Minardi statement said: "It will be extremely hard to forget the passion and the determination which have characterised his 20-year presence in Formula 1. To the Minardi team, and to motor racing, he has certainly made a considerable contribution as a manager and as a man."

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