Monday, August 16, 2021
Spa manager killed by husband
Double murder shocks Formula 1
In just under two weeks, the Belgian Grand Prix will take place on the Spa circuit. But there is already a big vortex there before that. The head of the line, Nathalie Maillet, is dead. According to the prosecutor, her husband shot her, another woman and then himself.
Formula 1 mourns Nathalie Maillet. The boss of the circuit in Spa was found dead in her house in Belgium on Sunday night. In addition to Maillet, the bodies of two other people were found, one of whom is said to be the husband of the Belgian. According to the Belgian media, the other is Maillet’s mistress.
“At 12:10 am, the bodies of two women and a man were found by the police in a house in Gouvy. All three had gunshot wounds,” the public prosecutor said in an initial statement: “According to our information, the man has his firearm used to murder both women and then kill himself. ” The mayor of the municipality, Véronique Léonard, also said: “At around 2:30 am I was informed by the police that a double murder followed by suicide had been committed in the house on ‘Rue de Houffalize’.”
“Was the face of the racetrack worldwide”
Maillet, who has been managing director in Spa since 2007, was supposed to represent the circuit at the Belgian Ypres Rally on Sunday, but the 51-year-old did not appear. Friends then contacted the police, who Maillet and the other two people found in their home.
Melchior Wathletet, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Circuit de Spa Franchorchamps said: “We have lost a great lady, a passionate leader in motorsport. She was a great boss – and we will miss her all. Yes, Nathalie was the face of the circuit around the world become.”
Formula 1 has already published a statement saying that it is deeply saddened and mourned with friends and family. “The motorsport community has lost an incredible person. We will miss them very much,” said the premier class via Twitter.
Vettel racing team Aston Martin also reacted to the bad news and expressed sympathy to the relatives: “The thoughts of everyone at Aston Martin are with the grieving family and friends of Nathalie Maillet. Your loss will be felt in the entire motorsport world.”