The Formula 1 Race Director passed away in Melbourne
Melbourne, 14 March 2019 – The first weekend of this year’s World Championship was marred by a terrible tragedy. Last night, Charlie Whiting, the long time Formula 1 Race Director, passed away here in Melbourne. Scuderia Ferrari joins everyone else in the paddock in expressing its deep regret at the loss of one of the best loved figures in the sport.
This is Team Principal Mattia Binotto’s tribute: “Charlie was a true professional and extremely knowledgeable, but more than that, he was a wonderful person, who always treated everyone with respect. A tireless and enlightened motorsport expert, he helped make F1 safer and better. He set the benchmark for our sport, which is diminished by his passing and we have lost a friend. He will be greatly missed by everyone.”
FIA Director of Formula One, Charlie Whiting, has sadly passed away this morning (14 March 2019), in Melbourne, aged 66, as the result of a pulmonary embolism, three days before the Australian Grand Prix which will open the F1 season. He began his F1 career in 1977 working at the Hesketh team, then in the 1980s at Brabham. He has been an integral part of the organisation of the FIA Formula One World Championship since he joined the Federation in 1988, and has been the Race Director since 1997.
FIA President Jean Todt said: “It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie’s sudden passing. I have known Charlie Whiting for many years and he has been a great Race Director, a central and inimitable figure in Formula One who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport. Formula 1 has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie. All my thoughts, those of the FIA and entire motor sport community go out to his family, friends, and all Formula One lovers.”.