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Formula 1

Drivers pay tribute to blind F1 superfan after his death

Blind F1 fan Charaf-Eddin Ait-Tales became a sensation in 2018, with his unbridled passion and enthusiasm for F1 winning the world's heart.

Formula 1 superfan Charaf-Eddin has died, following a battle with cancer.

He became well known in 2018, when Formula 1 found out about his passion and medical condition and brought him into the paddock where he befriended many of the drivers and team personnel.

Charaf-Eddin was also given the experience of a lifetime, as he was brought for a lap of the Catalunya circuit in Barcelona in 2018. As a passenger in the F1 Experiences two-seater, the video of his experience and his emotional response to it won the hearts of fans worldwide.

A short statement published to his Twitter account, shared by the drivers he had befriended, said "Dears, it’s with my deepest sorrow that I have to inform you of the death of my beloved brother Charaf.

As you may know,he was fighting against a cancer.He passed away surrounded by loved ones. Thank you to all ppl who showed support and love to him during his last fight."

Having been diagnosed with cancer in 2020, Charaf's appeal for help was shared by Daniel Ricciardo, Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez. The FIA's Jean Todt also intervened to help ensure he received the best medical care.

Charaf's brother has appealed for fans to send in pictures if they met him, saying "If you have some pictures of my brother, I would be grateful if you can DM it to me on my Instagram ( supreme___dad ) page as this Twitter account will be deleted. It hurts me too much to connect to it. Thanks for your understanding."

Everyone at RacingNews365 would like to express our sympathies and condolences to his family and friends.


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