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Minardi's John Walton passes away 10 Jul 2004

John Walton (IRE) Minardi Team Manager and Sporting Director.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, Hungary, 23 August 2003

Minardi announced this morning that the team’s Sporting Director John Walton has died, aged 47, after suffering a heart attack last Tuesday.

“The Minardi F1 Team is profoundly saddened to report that its Sporting Director, John Walton, passed away peacefully at 23:18 last night (Friday) at St Thomas's Hospital, in London, with his family at his bedside,” read a team statement.

Irishman Walton began his motorsport career working with Eddie Jordan while still a teenager. He went on to work with several Formula One teams, including Benetton, Jordan, Arrows and Prost. He joined Minardi in 2002.