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Formula One World ChampionshipBrian Hart, British F1 racing driver and the Formula 1 engine builder, who designed engines which powered Ayrton Senna to three Formula One podium finishes, has died aged 77.

In 1958, Hart was engaged in various single-seater racing. He successively contended in Formula Junior and Formula Three, and then accommodates to Formula Two with the works Lotus Formula Two team run by Ron Harris.

He also competed himself and qualified for the German GP at the Nurburgring in 1967 – his only trip in F1. As Hart’s professional life took more of his time, he retired from racing in 1971.

Hart engines went on to power the Jordan team in 1993 and 1994, with his 3.5 litre V10 bringing Eddie Jordan’s team their first podium, as well as a pole position for Rubens Barrichello in Belgium GP.

He died on Sunday following poor health, supplied engines to minnows Minardi in 1997 before the Hart name left Formula One for good.

Gary Anderson, the BBC’s F1 technical analyst, who worked with Hart when designing Jordan cars, said Hart had a “pure racing instinct” and a “no-nonsense approach”.

“There was nothing in the world as satisfying for Brian Hart and myself as taking on the big boys who had 10 times the budget and showing them up on Sunday afternoon”, Anderson told Autosport.

“He was an ex-racing driver, which was a huge advantage for him on the engineering side and meant that he was a racer at heart. This was part of what made him so rewarding to work with.”

Force India F1 team tweeted: “Our thoughts are with the friends and family of engine guru Brian Hart, who passed away yesterday, aged 77.”

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