Formula 1 greets a historic figure. And he does it all of a sudden, a few hours before the Australian Grand Prix. Charlie Whiting died this morning at the age of 66. A long-time Formula One official, Whiting died in Melbourne from pulmonary embolism just three days before the inaugural Australian Grand Prix, which will kick off the new engine season.
The President of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), Jean Todt, said he was shocked by the sudden death of Whiting, calling him “a great race director, a central and inimitable figure of Formula One who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport”. Whiting began his career in F1 in 1977 working in the Hesketh team. He joined the Fia in 1988 and became director of racing in 1997.