Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
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Whiting passes away on eve of Australian GP

Whiting passes away on eve of Australian GP

"I have known Charlie for all of my racing life", he said.

The FIA, F1's governing body, confirmed Whiting died on Thursday morning as a result of a pulmonary embolism.

Formula 1 icon Charlie Whiting has died at the age of 66 less than 24 hours after the 2019 Formula 1 season was launched in Melbourne.

The Brit started his career working for the Hesketh team in 1977 before joining Brabham with Bernie Ecclestone in the 1980s.

Having held the roles of race director, safety delegate and permanent started at the FIA - as well as head of the F1 technical department - Whiting's sudden passing leaves the FIA needing to provide a a replacement in a number of areas, with Australian Masi stepping into the role this weekend. All my thoughts, those of the FIA and entire motorsport community, go out to his family, friends and all...

His broad role included overseeing track and auto safety, procedural matters on Grand Prix weekends and starting the race itself.


His role involved managing the logistics of each grand prix, inspecting cars in parc ferme, and acting as the "referee" during races. To add to what Lewis said, I've known him for a long time, and he's sort of been our man, the driver's man.

In an interview with RaceFans, Ecclestone expressed sadness after learning of Whiting's passing, adding that he would leave Formula 1 with a huge void that would be hard to fill.

Former champions McLaren said Whiting would be remembered "as one of the giants of our sport, as well as a great colleague". "There's the regulations, then there's us - he was the middle man". I saw Sebastian walking with Charlie yesterday and I thought I would not interrupt them because I was going to see him on Friday in the drivers' briefing. "What he did for this sport, I mean, his commitment ... he really was a pillar, as Toto said, such an iconic figure in the sporting world, and he contributed so much for us, so may he rest in peace".

In a statement, Red Bull Racing said that "Formula One has lost one of its most loyal and hard-working ambassadors, and the paddock will be a poorer place without him".

"He was a man with great integrity who performed a hard role in a balanced way".

"It is a great loss not only for me personally but also the entire Formula One family, the FIA and motorsport as a whole".

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