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F1 paddock pays tribute after former Force India deputy chief Bob Fernley passes away aged 70

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SAKHIR, BAHRAIN - APRIL 20:  Force India Deputy Team Manager Bob Fearnley attends the official

Formula 1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali has joined in paying tribute to Bob Fernley, the former Deputy Team Principal of Force India, who has passed away at the age of 70.

Fernley worked for decades in both Formula 1 and IndyCar and Can-Am, as well as holding the role of Chairman of the FIA Single-Seater Commission from 2020 to 2022.

Commenting on Fernley’s passing, Domenicali said: “I am saddened to hear the news that Bob Fernley has passed away. He was such an important part of Formula 1 and his love and passion for the sport will live forever. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.”

Former Force India driver and current Alpine racer Esteban Ocon added his own words of condolence on social media, writing: “Sad to hear about the passing of Bob Fernley today.

"He was a great person and leader, and I was lucky enough to work and learn from him during my days at Force India. Sending my thoughts and condolences to his family and friends.”

Meanwhile, former F1 racer turned pundit Karun Chandhok also paid tribute to Fernley, writing on Twitter: “Very sad news about Bob’s passing. Been a tough battle for him for the past few months but he fought it with typical pragmatism and strength. Our deepest condolences to his wife Audrey and their family.”

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