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Formula One world rocked by tragic death of Charlie Whiting

Charlie Whiting, Formula One race director, dies aged 66 Formula One race director Charlie Whiting dies on eve of Australian GP
Sidney Guerrero | 16 Марта, 2019, 01:46

The FIA issued a statement Thursday, March 14, saying Whiting died in Melbourne, where the season-opening Australian Grand Prix will be raced on Sunday.

Just days before the start of the 2019 F1 season, Whiting's death was confirmed on Thursday after suffering a pulmonary embolism in Melbourne. Charlie Whiting took the reins of the FIA in 1997 when he took up the position of race director.

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

In a statement FIA president Jean Todt said Formula One has lost "a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador". "I think all our thoughts, the whole paddock, the whole circus, the whole family of Formula 1; all our thoughts are with him and especially with his family in these hard circumstances".

His role as race director involved track and vehicle safety, as well as starting the race, and deciding when to deploy the safety auto.

His role involved managing the logistics of each grand prix, inspecting cars in parc ferme, and acting as the "referee" during races.

As a man who placed the safety of F1 and its drivers at the forefront of his concerns, and as a natural confident for many in the paddock, team managers and drivers alike, F1's resident race director will be sorely missed.

Masi was formerly the deputy race director of Supercars, and is working as a steward for Formula E.

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

Charlie Whiting began his F1 career in 1978 at Brabham as a chief mechanic and engineer.

"I have known him for a long time and he has been our man, the drivers' man". Obviously there's regulations and all that and then there's us and he was the middle man.

"I think at the moment what is the most important is that the thoughts are going to his family and friends and close ones".

Former champions McLaren said they were "shocked and deeply saddened", by the news.

"At heart, he was a racer with his origins stretching back to his time at Hesketh and the early days of Brabham", Horner added. On behalf of everyone at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing we pass on our honest condolences to his family and friends.

"It's very sad. He was a kind of icon of Formula One but not only Formula One. All our thoughts go out to his family".

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