The British driver John Surtees, who won the 1964 Formula One championship for Ferrari to become the only man to win world titles on two and four wheels, died on Friday aged 83. He started over 100 F1 grands prix, winning six, in a career which took him to Ferrari, Cooper, and Honda. During the 1970s he also designed, built and raced his own Team Surtees F1, F2, and F5000 cars.
Surtees also won 500cc motorcycle world titles in 1956, '58, '59 and '60. and also became the first man to win the Senior TT on the Isle of Man for three years in succession. He will be remembered as one of the most gifted and versatile racers of all time. After his death, many pay tributes to his talent. As an example, Ferrari posted a black and white picture of Surtees posing next to team founder Enzo Ferrari on Twitter, with the message: "John Surtees, Motorsport legend and 1964 World Champion with Ferrari, passed away. Our thoughts are with his family." A message on the official MotoGP account SAID: “"Very sorry to hear that John Surtees, the only person to win both #MotoGP & #F1 World Championships, has passed away at the age of 83." Surtees is survived by his wife Jane and two daughters, Leonora and Edwina. A son, Henry, died in 2009. His father was a top sidecar racer.