Charlie Whiting, a pillar of F1 passes away in Melbourne

Formula 1 Race Director Charlie Whiting has passed away after suffering a pulmonary embolism on Thursday morning. Whiting, who was in Melbourne for the start of the Formula 1 season and was seen in the paddock on Wednesday.

โ€œIt is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlieโ€™s passing,โ€ said FIA president Jean Todt.

โ€œCharlie Whiting was a great race director, a central and inimitable figure in Formula 1 who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport.

โ€œFormula 1 has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie. All my thoughts, those of the FIA and entire motorsport community go out to his family, friends, and all Formula 1 lovers.โ€

Whiting started working in F1 in 1977, when he worked for the Hesketh team before moving on to Brabham. Playing a pivotal role in Nelson Piquet 1981 and 1983 World Championship titles, he joined the FIA in 1988 and became race director nin years later.

Ross Brawn, Managing Director, Motorsports, Formula 1 said: โ€œI have known Charlie for all of my racing life. We worked as mechanics together, became friends and spent so much time together at race tracks across the world.

“I was filled with immense sadness when I heard the tragic news. Iโ€™m devastated. It is a great loss not only for me personally but also the entire Formula 1 family, the FIA and motorsport as a whole. All our thoughts go out to his family.โ€

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