Tragic end as F1 Spa boss shot dead by husband who found her in bed with her mistress

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 12:00 |
Nathalie Maillet, 51, the CEO of the Spa-Francorchamps F1 circuit: PHOTO/COURTESY

Formula 1 circuit boss has been shot dead reportedly by her husband who found her in their matrimonial bed with her mistress.

Nathalie Maillet, 51, the CEO of the Spa-Francorchamps F1 circuit, was found dead at her home in Gouvy, Belgium on Sunday.

Authorities at the scene say that Nathalie was at home with her alleged mistress Ann Lawrence Durviaux, 53, when her husband Franz Dubois confronted the pair who were in the bedroom.

Dubois then reportedly pulled out a gun and killed both women before turning the gun on himself.

The public prosecutor said in a statement: "At 00:10, the bodies of two women and one man were discovered by the police in a house in Gouvy, all three presenting gunshot wounds.

"According to our information, the male individual voluntarily used his firearm to kill both women, including his wife, before killing himself."

Nathalie became the general manager of Spa-Francorchamps in 2016 and oversaw the modernisation of the circuit, which hosted its first Grand Prix in 1925.

Dubois was also a well-known figure in the world of motorsport, both as a team owner and as the co-founder of the VW Fun Cup series.

Veronique Leonard, the mayor of Gouvy, said in a statement: "I was warned, around 2.30am, by the police, that a double murder, followed by a suicide, had been committed in the house."

Melchior Wathelet, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, said: “My thoughts are with Nathalie's family, her parents, her relatives but also her teams,".

The investigation is reportedly ongoing, with forensics teams and ballistics experts examining the scene of the crime.

Maillet was the daughter of racing driver and a former racer in her own right on the national motorsport scene.

She managed a reputed architect's office before taking the reins of Spa-Francorchamps as its general manager in 2016 with the aim of modernizing the circuit and its infrastructure.

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