Raniero Gianotti (above left), one of the best known driver physical trainers in F1 circles, who has worked with Sebastian Vettel, Rubens Barrichello and most recently the Toro Rosso drivers, died of a heart attack when out cycling.
The 46 year old was cycling with friends in Urbino, in the Marche region of Italy and was only a few kilometres into a ride.
Gianotti had been working in motorsport for many years. In F1 he was a well known and popular figure as the trainer of Barrichello, first at Stewart GP, then at Ferrari.
On Twitter Barrchello said, “It was so sad when I received the news that my great friend and fisio Raniero past away this morning. Heart attack while he was on his bike.”
After Ferrari he worked with Jarno Trulli at Toyota before moving to Toro Rosso, where he prepared Vettel the year he won the Italian Grand Prix for the team.
Our sincere condolences to his wife Nadia and young son Luca, whom he leaves behind.