Melbourne : Formula One Race director Charlie Whiting breathed his last yesterday just three days before the season’s first Australian Grand Prix. Charlie was facing a pulmonary embolism and was 66 at the time of his death.
Charlie’s death was declared early this morning by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the federation for international auto racing, issued a statement saying Whiting died on March 14 morning in Melbourne.
Whiting’s F1 career started in 1977 working at the Hesketh team and the Englishman later moved to Berie Eccelstone’s Brabham team in the 1980s. He joined the FIA in 1988 and became a race director in 1997.
“Formula One has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie,” Mr. Todt said in a statement. “All my thoughts, those of the FIA and entire motor sport community go out to his family friends and all Formula One lovers.”
The Red Bull racing team said Formula One had “lost one of its most loyal and hard-working ambassadors.”
“I am deeply saddened to hear the terrible news,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said. “Charlie has played a key role in this sport and has been the referee and voice of reason as Race Director for many years.”