Peter Warr, Former Lotus Team Boss Dies
Peter Warr, best known for his role as team boss at Lotus has sadly passed away.
Warr worked alongside Colin Chapman from 1969, guided Jochen Rindt in 1970 and Emerson Fitipaldi in 1972. He famously brought Ayrton Senna to the team, despite John Players the title sponsor of the team being against the move. In 1982 he took over Lotus following Colin Chapman’s death, and worked there until 1989 when he retired and became a permanent FIA steward.
He also famously said of Nigel Mansell “That man won’t win anything while I have a hole in my a*se”. Of course, Mansell went on to be the most successful British driver of all time and held the F1 World title and CART title at the same time.
“Not only have I lost a good friend who was the team manager for Lotus when Colin Chapman ran the company but Peter Warr, who died yesterday of a heart attack will be missed by the thousands of people that knew him,” Bernie Ecclestone told the official Formula 1 website.
“When Peter was in Formula 1 he helped me to build it to what it is today. Thank you Peter.”
Our thoughts are with his family.