Spa-Francorchamps circuit boss found dead at her home
Spa-Francorchamps circuit boss, Nathalie Maillet was found dead at her home on Sunday morning after she did not appear on the final day of Ypres Rally Belgium.
The Ypres Rally, which was the Belgian round of the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship season, ended today at the iconic Spa circuit with the general manager of the track, Nathalie Maillet expected to attend the event. However, she failed to appear at the track this morning, prompting her friends and the police to search for her.
Maillet was found dead alongside with another woman and a man at her home. It is believed that the two women had a romance and they were murdered by Mailet’s husband, who then committed suicide.
According to the public prosecutor’s office, all three people were killed with gunshots: “The lifeless bodies of two ladies and a man were discovered by the police in a house in Gouvy, all three with gunshot wounds. According to the first information gathered, the male individual did so on purpose resulting in their death, before committing suicide.”
Chairman of the board of directors at the Spa circuit, Melchior Wathelet commented: “My thoughts are with Nathalie’s family, her parents, her loved ones and her teams. I know how much this news will upset our teams and I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the entire Circuit team on behalf of the entire Board.
“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 had been CEO of the Spa Francorchamps circuit for five years, and was involved as a competitor in Fun Cup and later as the co-organiser of the Nascar Whelen Euro Series.
We are deeply saddened by the awful news that our friend Nathalie Maillet has died. The whole of Formula 1 sends its deepest condolences to her family and friends. The motorsport community has lost an incredible person and we will all miss her greatly.— F1 Media (@F1Media) August 15, 2021