Michelin boss killed in boating accident 27 May 2006
Edouard Michelin, co-Managing Partner of Formula One tyre supplier Michelin, has died following a boating accident off the Ile de Sein in Brittany, France. Mr Michelin was 42.
A member of the companys founding family, Mr Michelin is understood to have been on a weekend fishing trip, when his boat inexplicably sank. Expressing their sadness, Michelin added that Michel Rollier, the companys current co-Managing Partner, will ensure the continuity of the Groups Management.
A statement from Formula One Racings governing body said: The FIA extends sincere condolences to the Michelin family on the sad news of the death of Edouard Michelin. Our thoughts are with Mr Michelins family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time."
It was under Edouard Michelins management that the company returned to Formula One racing in 2001, going on to help Renault to the 2005 constructors and drivers championships. The company are due to withdraw from the sport at the end of this season ahead of the move to a single tyre supplier in 2008.