Tuesday May 22nd, 2001
Former main shareholder of the Minardi team, Gabriele Rumi, died on Monday night after losing a battle against cancer at the age of 61.
Italian Rumi bought a stake of the Minardi team in 1996 and became the majority shareholder in 1997 until he sold his stake to Australian businessman Paul Stoddart last year.
Rumi previously worked with Williams, Osella, Ligier, Zakspeed and Tyrrell through his Fondmetal company, of which he was founder and chairman. He had been involved in the sport for 20 years.
"It will be extremely hard to forget the passion and the determination which have characterised his 20 years-presence in Formula One," said Minardi in an statement. "To the Minardi Team and to the motor racing he has certainly made a considerable contribution as a manager and as a man."
A memorial service will be held at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Piazza Roma, Palazzolo sull’Oglio on Wednesday.