The loss of ‘icon’ Charlie Whiting will be felt by everyone

Paola Ditto
Marzo 17, 2019

Whiting, who carried out a wide range of duties as the FIA Formula One race director, died yesterday aged 66 from a pulmonary embolism in the Australian city, where he was due to work this weekend.

"It is with huge sadness that I learnt of Charlie's sudden passing", said FIA president Jean Todt.

COLIN SYN, Singapore Grand Prix deputy chairman.

FIA World Touring Car Cup family is remembering Charlie Whiting, the FIA Director of Formula One. "Formula One has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie". His role was vital to the sport: as well as overseeing the FIA's operation of all on-track sessions, Whiting would oversee the start of every race and had a key role in dealing with safety and technical matters.

A brilliant mechanic, working for Bernie Ecclestone's Brabham team in its heyday in the '80s, playing a crucial role in Nelson Piquet's world championship successes of '81 and '83, he joined the FIA in '88 and, over the past 31 years, has developed, built, managed and perfected the governing body's technical operation to make it the paragon of optimal safety and smooth operation it is today. "What he did for this sport, I mean, his commitment. he really was a pillar", five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton told reporters.

Team principals were among those expressing their grief at the news, with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff saying Whiting was an "unbelievable person".

Sebastian Vettel recalled that he had spoken with him on Wednesday and that it was extremely hard to believe what has happened: "I walked the track for the first couple of corners with him". He's sort of been our man, the driver's man. "Obviouslythere's regulations and all that and then there's us and he was the middle man." . You could ask anything at any time'.

F1 Motorsports managing director Ross Brawn said he was devastated after losing a long-time friend.

Racing great Mario Andretti said the news of Whiting's death was "totally shocking". He had a massive impact in Formula 1 and in what it is nowadays.

"I don't know if they can find anyone who can do it like Charlie, but I can imagine it could be done if you divide his job into four", Ecclestone added.

His passing will leave a massive void in the sport.

"He truly understood the importance and challenges of night racing and was incredibly supportive in getting the event off the ground". My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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