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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 July, 2004, 08:09 GMT 09:09 UK
Minardi mourn Walton
Minardi sporting director John Walton has died after suffering a heart attack earlier this week.

The 47-year-old Irishman was taken ill on Monday and passed away on Friday at St Thomas' Hospital in London.

Walton joined Minardi in 2002 from the failed Prost F1 team and has also worked for Benetton, Lotus and Jordan.

Minardi pulled out of Saturday's early practice session ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday as a mark of respect.

Team principal Paul Stoddart said after Saturday's qualifying session: "Tomorrow there will be a serious effort to get two Minardis to the chequered flag in memory of one of the greatest guys in this paddock."

Driver Giamaria Bruni, who qualified in 18th, said: "To be honest, like everyone on the team, I wasn't feeling great after the news this morning.

"I hope I can get my mind clear tomorrow and do a good race for John."

Walton's partner was ITV Formula One reporter Louise Goodman.

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