Charlie Whiting the FIA Formula One Race Director, Permanent Starter, Safety Delegate and also head of the Formula One technical team died on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the age of 66.
According to the International Automobile Federation, Charlie died as a result of pulmonary embolism before the start of the racing season in Australia which is due this Sunday.
The five-time champion, Lewis Hamilton said
I’ve known Charlie since I started in 2007. What he did for this sport, his commitment, he really was a pillar, such an iconic figure, and he contributed so much for us.
Waking up to incredibly sad news this morning.
You did so much for the sport of Formula One.
— Ashley Woodhouse (@AshWoody90) March 14, 2019
Born on 12th August 1952, Charlie Whiting was 66 years of age when he died on 14th March 2019.
Racing was in Charlie's blood. As a child, he used to help his brother Nick Whiting prepare cars that he raced at Brands Hatch, in West Kingsdown.
Following his ambition to become an F1 motor mechanic, Whiting joined the Hesketh Racing team in the year 1977.
After his tenure with Hesketh, Charlie Whiting joined Brabham, a team run by Bernie Ecclestone, who also controlled the commercial department of Formula One.
Whiting was appointed as the Race Director and Safety Delegate in 1977 and was responsible for looking after the improvements of the circuits and the cars racing on it.
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He also became the permanent starter for all the major racing events and also the chief of the F1 technical team.
As an individual, he was very popular. Charlie Whiting was authoritative, yet calm and has been considered by many as the voice of reason within the Formula one world.