Wednesday April 25th, 2001

Former Formula One driver Michele Alboreto was killed today during testing, Italian Press Agency ANSA reports.

Alboreto was killed at the Lausitzring circuit in Germany while he was preparing for this year's Le Mans 24 Hour race, driving an Audi R8.

The Italian, aged 44, drove in Formula One between 1981 and 1994, finished second in the 1985 World Championship and scored five Grand Prix wins, the last three of them for Ferrari.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has been one of the first Formula One members to express his sorrow after kwowing the news.

"Alboreto was an important driver in the history of Ferrari, intelligent and always a great development driver," Montezemolo said. "His death hit me very hard and it makes me very sad. Michele was still competing, moved by a great passion, and this demonstrates that our sport, to which he was very much committed, always involves a big risk."

No further details are known at the moment on the circumstances of the accident. Atlas F1 will bring further updates as information becomes available.

-Atlas F1