The CEO of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit Nathalie Maillet has died at the age of 51. She died in a double homicide, according to official media reports.
Her body was found along with that of her husband and another woman in their home in Luxembourg, all had gunshot wounds on their bodies.
According to the official statement of the Luxembourg authorities, it is believed that the husband murdered the two women and himself.
“At 00:10, the bodies of two women and one man were discovered by the police in a house in Gouvy, all three presenting gunshot wounds.”
“According to our information, the male individual voluntarily used his firearm to kill both women, including his wife, before killing himself.”
Spa-Francorchamps made an official statement following her death.
“It is with great sadness that the team of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit have been informed of the death of Nathalie Maillet, CEO.”
“On this very sad day, the whole staff wish to present their most sincere condolences to Nathalie’s family and friends.
“The circuit, but also motor racing, has lost today a passionate woman, strong in her convictions and always looking to the future.”
The track’s chairman, Melchior Wathelet, called Maillet “a true leader who will be greatly missed.”
“My thoughts are with Nathalie’s family, her parents, her loved ones and her teams. Today, we are losing a highly respected lady, a true leader who will be greatly missed. Nathalie had become the face of the circuit, she embodied the passion for racing that we all share.”
Maillet, who was a trained architect, first started out as a driver in various national racing series before she began working behind the scenes.
In 2016, she took over as CEO of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit and was instrumental in ensuring that the modernization of the old circuit went ahead. In addition to Formula 1 and the World Endurance Championship, she also wanted to bring other international racing series to Belgium. From 2019, there was also an annual World Rally Championship race at the circuit. This Sunday there was the next edition of this rally at Spa-Francorchamps, not even a day after Maillet’s tragic death.
Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, also had a few words to say on Maillet’s tragic death.
“We are particularly shocked and upset by this news. We were in regular contact over the past few years, in particular in relation to the FIA World Endurance Championship.
“Nathalie was passionate about motorsport and spared no effort in defending our causes. On behalf of the ACO, I extend our heartfelt condolences to her friends and family and to the staff of Spa-Francorchamps. They can count on our support in this difficult time.”