Veteran Formula 1 writer Alan Henry dies at 68

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Veteran Formula 1 writer and journalist Alan Henry has died at the age of 68.

Henry worked in F1 across five decades with publications such as AutocarMotoring News, F1 Racing and The Guardian, as well as acting as the editor of the Autocourse annual for a period.

Henry also wrote a number of books, including a biography of Ronnie Peterson and, more recently, his memoirs from working in F1 in Last Train From Yokkaichi.

Having recently served as a writer for McLaren’s website, the British team issued a statement paying tribute to Henry following his death at the age of 68.

“I have known Alan Henry for more than 40 years, and, as the decades rolled by, he and I became good friends,” McLaren CEO Ron Dennis said.

“As a journalist he was knowledgeable, accurate, intrepid yet fair-minded, and as a man he was warm, kind, loyal and always funny.

“Known throughout motor racing circles as AH, which was how his Motoring News race reports were signed off in his early days, before the culture of the byline, he will be much mourned by Formula 1 insiders, fans and of course fellow journalists alike.

“Most of all, he will be hugely missed by his devoted wife and family, to whom on behalf of all at McLaren I extend condolences. AH RIP.”

Tributes were paid to Henry by the F1 and motorsport community on Twitter on Saturday.