PARIS: Former Formula One driver Philippe Streiff has died aged 67, the organisation announced on Saturday.
Streiff, who competed in 53 Grand Prix races, was paralysed in 1989 after an accident during a testing session in Brazil.
"I am saddened to hear that Philippe Streiff has passed away. He showed incredible guts and determination throughout his life," Formula One chief executive Stefano Domenicali said on Twitter.
"The way he overcame his accident and rebuilt his life was inspirational. We all send our condolences to his family at this sad time," he added.
The Frenchman was impressive in the junior categories which included victory in the 1981 French Formula 3 championship for the Motul Nogaro team and also taking fourth that year in the European series.
He stepped up to the European F2 championship for 1982, claiming his first podium finishes in 1983.
Martin Brundle, who was Streiff's teammate at Tyrrell in 1986, was one of many drivers to pay tribute to him.
Posting on Twitter, he wrote: "Sad to hear this about my former teammate Philippe. Lovely guy, and very stylish in and out of the car. I remember that day clearly when we were testing in Rio and he had his crash. The red flag followed by the medivac heli. Different days."