Dino Toso, former aerodynamicist for Renault's Formula One team, has died of cancer. He was 39.
"Dino was instrumental in building one of the sport's most successful aerodynamics departments, which helped the Renault F1 team win double drivers' and constructors' titles in 2005 and 2006," a team statement read.
"His contribution to the team, both through his results and his courage in the face of illness, are an inspiration. He will be missed enormously, and the immediate thoughts of the whole team are with his family."
Toso, an Italian, began working in motorsport in 1995 with BMW's GT program. His F1 career began with Jordan in 1997. He joined Renault in 2000 and became chief aerodynamicist in 2003. He left Renault in June.