Red Bull Racing's David Coulthard led the tributes from the world of Formula 1 following the tragic death of Colin McRae on Saturday.

Colin, who won the FIA World Rally Championship in 1995, was killed at around 4 pm yesterday when his helicopter crashed. The Scot perished along with his 5-year-old son, Johnny; Ben Porcelli, one of Johnny's friends, and Graeme Duncan, a McRae family friend.

DC said that the world will be a sorrier place without his fellow countryman: "In line with many people, I'm shocked and saddened to hear of the loss to the McRae family, of father and son, and obviously we must acknowledge the other family that were on board the helicopter as well," said the grand prix star.

"Colin was a remarkable man who wore his heart on this sleeve and was the epitome of a racer; fearless and attacking, yet he remained true to his roots and grounded despite the international fame and recognition that he achieved. The world is a sorrier place without him."

DC's comments were echoed by many of those within the Formula 1 paddock at Spa in Belgium, including Sir Jackie Stewart, Renault's Heikki Kovalainen, ITV F1 commentator, Martin Brundle, RBR team boss, Christian Horner and DC's team-mate, Mark Webber.

"It has been a tragic weekend for motorsport losing one of the sports great champions," Horner added. "Our thoughts are with the families."

 

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