F1 under shock: Charlie Whiting suddenly left us

Charlie Whiting death

The historic British race director left us this morning following a pulmonary embolism. He was 66 years old!

It is one of those news that no one in Melbourne wanted to hear this morning. Charlie Whiting, the race director of the highest category of single-seater since 1997, suddenly expired because of a pulmonary embolism.

A mourning that affects the whole environment to three days from the first GP seasonal. Its entry into F1 was working with the Hesketh team in 1977, then continuing in Brabham and then in FIA in 1988, then becoming the F1 race director and central character in regulatory matters.

One of the first to express himself about the disappearance of Whiting was the FIA president, Jean Todt: 

It is with immense sadness that I heard about Charlie’s sudden disappearance. I have known Charlie whiting for many years and was a great race director, a central and inimitable figure of Formula one, who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport.

Formula 1 lost a loyal friend and a charismatic ambassador. All my thoughts, those of the FIA and the entire community of Motorsports range from his family, friends and all lovers of Formula 1 

Jean Todt President of FIA

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