Jean-Marie Balestre passes away

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Former FIA President Jean-Marie Balestre has died at the age of 86, according to reports in his native France. Born in 1921, Balestre was a founder member of the Federation Francaise du Sport Automobile (FFSA) and went on to become a major proponent of improved safety in Formula One racing.Balestre was arguably best known for his role in the so-called 'FISA-FOCA war' of the early '80s, the dispute between the FIA's then sporting arm, of which he was then President, and the Formula One Constructors' Association...

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