Charlie Whiting, a man who served as Formula 1 race director since 1997, passed away this morning in Melbourne, Australia at the age of 66.
He was pronounced dead this morning from a pulmonary embolism, just three days before the start of the 2019 Formula 1 season. Whiting began his Formula 1 career in 1977 working with the Hesketh team, and joined Brabham Racing during the 1980’s. In 1988 he joined the FIA, where he held numerous titles including safety delegate and head of the technical department before taking his role as race director in 1997.
In a statement released today by the FIA, president Jean Todt said, “It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie’s sudden passing. I have known Charlie Whiting for many years and he has been a great Race Director, a central and inimitable figure in Formula 1 who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport. Formula 1 has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie. All my thoughts, those of the FIA and entire motor sport community go out to his family, friends, and all Formula 1 lovers.” (FIA)
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