The Grand Prix world salutes hero Sheene 11 Mar 2003
Just as it did the day after the 1995 British Grand Prix, when Juan Manuel Fangio died, so the F1 world has found itself paying tribute the day after a Grand Prix to another sporting icon, Barry Sheene, who died on Monday. Although the 52 year-old year-old motorcycle champion won his spurs on two wheels, he dabbled on four and was a frequent visitor to (and commentator on) Grand Prix racing.
In 1976 and '77 Sheene was the 500cc world motorcycle champion, despite the huge accident at Daytona in 1975 that left him with steel rods inserted in his left thigh. Later he was seriously injured at Silverstone in another horrendous crash but still came back to race.
He was diagnosed as suffering from throat and stomach cancer last year and despite a brave fight, he died just a day after he was due to wave the chequered flag at the Australian Grand Prix, an honour he was too ill to accept.
"He was a special guy and a good friend," said BMW Motorsport Director Gerhard Berger.
Damon Hill said: "Barry was a real character and a great rider. He'll be sorely missed."