Charlie Whiting: Components 1 race director dies aged 66 simply days earlier than begin of recent season | UK Information

Charlie Whiting, Components 1’s long-serving race director, has died aged 66.

The game’s governing physique, the Federation Internationale de l’Car (FIA) mentioned Whiting suffered a pulmonary embolism on Thursday morning in Melbourne, three days earlier than the primary race of the 2019 season.

“It’s with immense unhappiness that I discovered of Charlie’s passing,” mentioned FIA president Jean Todt.

“Charlie Whiting was a fantastic race director, a central and inimitable determine in Components 1 who embodied the ethics and spirit of this incredible sport.

“Components 1 has misplaced a trustworthy good friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie. All my ideas, these of the FIA and whole motorsport group exit to his household, pals, and all Components 1 lovers.”

Components 1’s broadcaster, Sky Sports activities, described the Briton as “some of the revered, influential and well-liked figures within the sport”.

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton mentioned: “What he did for this sport, his dedication, he is such an iconic determine throughout the sporting world and he contributed a lot to us. Might he relaxation in peace.”

4-time champion Sebastian Vettel, mentioned: “It is troublesome to understand when any individual’s simply not there anymore. I’ve recognized him for a very long time and he is type of been the drivers’ man… he was a racer, only a very good man. I am shocked.”

1996 F1 champion Damon Hill mentioned: “It is an enormous shock for everybody. He was a kind of individuals who you all the time thought was going to be there as a voice of purpose.

“He had huge accountability and the pivotal position in conserving the game working. He’ll be very arduous, if not unattainable, to switch.”

Charlie Whiting in a Drivers Press Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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The game ‘has misplaced a trustworthy good friend and a charismatic ambassador,’ the FIA mentioned

Whiting started his F1 profession in 1977 working for the Hesketh staff, earlier than becoming a member of Brabham within the 1980s the place he labored for staff proprietor Bernie Ecclestone.

As chief mechanic, he performed an integral position within the championships received by Nelson Piquet in 1981 and 1983.

He left the staff in 1988 and joined the FIA for the primary time, first as technical director after which as F1’s race director from 1997.

In his position, he had final accountability for technical and security issues within the sport, together with being answerable for beginning Grands Prix.

Purple Bull driver Max Verstappen mentioned he handed at a younger age: “Simply 66 years outdated. I assume we simply have to understand on daily basis, and each morning you simply take pleasure in life. It is not nearly Components 1, there are different issues in life.”

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff mentioned: “He was a pillar of our Components 1 household… a incredible ambassador for our sport and a real guardian of its finest pursuits.”

Ferrari staff principal Mattia Binotto referred to as him “a real skilled” and “an exquisite individual, who all the time handled everybody with respect.”

Purple Bull’s Christian Horner described him as a person “with nice integrity who carried out a troublesome position in a balanced means. At coronary heart, he was a racer… a fantastic man who shall be sadly missed by all the Components 1 paddock and the broader motorsport group.”

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