According to local reports, her body was found alongside another woman and a man who was thought to be her husband, with all three having gunshot wounds.

Maillet was appointed CEO of the circuit in 2016 and was instrumental in keeping the iconic circuit on the F1 calendar.

Spa-Francorchamps issued a statement after the news.

“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,” the statement read. 

“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.”

A statement from the FIA read: “The FIA has been saddened to learn of the tragic death of Nathalie Maillet.

“Nathalie was the Chief Executive Officer at Circuit of Spa Francorchamps since 2016 during which time she oversaw major development of the iconic race track which hosts a number of FIA championships.

“On behalf of the entire motorsport community, we wish to extend our condolences to her family and friends.”

The 2021 Belgian Grand Prix will take place on August 27-29.