Motorsport pioneer Gurney dies aged 86

Mercedes and McLaren have led the tributes to motorsport pioneer Dan Gurney, who has died at the age of 86.

American racer Gurney set a new standard in the 1960s when he became the first driver to win races in Formula One, Indy Car and NASCAR.

During his 11-year F1®, career Gurney raced for the likes of Ferrari, Brabham and Porsche – winning his first race with the latter in 1962.

That victory at the French Grand Prix was the first of four F1® wins, while he also triumphed in the 1967 Le Mans 24 Hours.

"We're deeply saddened to hear that motorsport legend Dan Gurney has passed away," Mercedes posted on Twitter.

"The all-American racer was a genius on and off the track. He will be greatly missed."

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