Chris Annon passes on at 73

New Zealand motor racing driver Chris Amon, who was considered one of the best Formula One drivers of his generation, has died aged 73, his family said.

The cause of death was cancer.

Amon competed in Formula One between 1963 and 1976, starting 95 races, taking five pole positions and finishing on the podium 11 times without winning.

American F1 champion Mario Andretti said Amon was so unlucky "if he became an undertaker, people would give up dying" while three-time champion Jackie Stewart called him "one of the most skilful and natural drivers ever to grace Formula One."

Amon won the 1966 Le Mans 24 hour race with compatriot Bruce McLaren

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