Veteran McLaren Dr. Aki Hintsa dies after losing battle with cancer

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Dr. Aki Hintsa, who played a key role with the McLaren Formula 1 team for more than a decade, has died at the age of 58.

Hintsa’s courage and relationship with the McLaren team – with two-time World Champion Mika Hakkinen and three-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton in particular – came to define the Finn who transitioned into medicine.

He founded his own entity, Hintsa Performance, after transitioning from the world of competitive ice hockey, where he starred growing up.

A message from the Hintsa Performance website is below:

It is with deep sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing away of Dr. Aki Hintsa, the founder of Hintsa Performance. Aki passed away very peacefully surrounded by his whole family after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Aki will be deeply missed by his family, friends, colleagues, clients and the numerous people around the world whose lives he has touched during the years.

We have now lost a very dear friend and colleague, a truly great man, whose impact in this world will be bigger than we even know today. Aki’s life-long mission to help people reach better life will now continue by his beloved colleagues.

We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.

16.11.2016, Jussi Räisänen.

McLaren released a touching tribute of its own. You can read it in its entirety here, but here’s a sampling:

“‘The Core’ is more than an autobiography, however. It is also a profoundly intelligent self-help book. In it Aki urges his readers to ask themselves the questions that most busy people never stop to consider. Who am I? What do I want from my life? Am I even in control of my own life? How can I improve the quality of my home life without compromising my professional life at the same time? How can I achieve inner and outer wellbeing, in other words?

“Doing that successfully is far from easy, but undoubtedly Aki achieved it. He was taken from us far too soon, aged just 58, but he packed more into his all-too-brief life than did many who lived almost twice as long. And, in so doing, he illuminated the lives of everyone he met, friendly and funny and kind and wise as he invariably was.”

Additionally, veteran F1 scribe Joe Saward offered a typically concise but insightful obituary here.

A number of people in the F1 world have expressed their condolences on social media: