'Deeply saddened': F1 rocked by death of trailblazing engineer

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Antonia Terzi, pictured here during her time at Williams.
The F1 world is mourning the death of Antonia Terzi. Image: Twitter

Formula One is mourning the tragic death of former Ferrari and Williams engineer Antonia Terzi at age 50.

Terzi was killed in a car accident in the UK this week, leaving the motorsport world in shock.

Born in Italy, Terzi was best known for creating the famous 'walrus nose' that appeared on Williams cars in 2004.

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After studying aerodynamics in Italy and the UK, Terzi joined Ferrari and worked with the likes of Michael Schumacher.

She then joined Williams in 2001 and became the team's chief aerodynamicist.

She was one of the first women to take a senior role in the male-dominated Formula One world.

Terzi caused a stir ahead of the 2004 season when the FW26 car was revealed with its unique 'Walrus nose'.

The idea was to shorten the nose as much as possible in a bid to maximise downforce and minimise drag.

Terzi then moved away from motorsport to join luxury car manufacturer Bentley as their head of aerodynamics.

She moved into teaching in recent years and became a professor at the Australian National University in Canberra in 2020.

Terzi planned to move to Canberra but was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tributes flow after tragic death of Antonia Terzi

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former colleague and chief aerodynamicist, Antonia Terzi," Williams said in a statement.

"Our thoughts go out to Antonia's friends and family at this difficult time."

ANU said in a statement they were: "Deeply saddened by Antonia's passing, and we share this mourning with the whole of the ANU community".

"There are many tributes emerging from the Formula 1 community, each showcasing just how much of an impact that Antonia had, both as an exceptional aerodynamicist, and as an exceptional colleague."

Tributes have also been flooding in on social media.

"We’re so sad to hear that former F1 aerodynamicist Antonia Terzi has passed away," tweeted the Females in Motorsport account.

"As the inspiration behind the famous ‘walrus noise’ on the Williams FW26 in 2004, she was a true trailblazer and an inspiration to women everywhere."

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