Nathalie Maillet, the CEO of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, has been found dead with two other bodies at her home in Luxembourg.
One of the other people found dead with Maillet is believed to be her husband, and police have suggested a murder-suicide took place.
“According to the first information received, the male individual used his weapon on the two women, who included his wife, causing their deaths, before taking his own life,” the Office of the Public Prosecutor of Luxembourg said in a statement on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit issued a statement confirming that Maillet had passed away.
“It is with great sadness that the team of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit have been informed of the death of Nathalie Maillet, CEO,” the circuit’s management said.
“On this very sad day, the whole staff wish to present their most sincere condolences to Nathalie’s family and friends. The circuit, but also motor racing, has lost today a passionate woman, strong in her convictions and always looking to the future.”
The FIA also issued a separate statement, offering their condolences to Maillet’s family and friends:
“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 51-year-old was appointed CEO of Spa-Francorchamps in 2016.
Her passing comes just a couple of weeks before the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix, which will take place at the aforementioned circuit.