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Subject: Charlie Whiting, director of the Formula One racing series.

He was 66
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Date Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 06:45:06pm

Charlie Whiting, the FIA's director of Formula One and one of the most influential people in the sport, has died at the age of 66.

The FIA announced the news on Thursday morning, three days ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. The governing body confirmed Whiting died on Thursday morning as the result of a pulmonary embolism.

Whiting was a key part of the running of Formula One race weekends, overseeing the FIA's operation of all on-track sessions. He was not only responsible for the start procedure and running of grands prix, but also had a wide ranging role overseeing safety and technical matters relating to F1.

FIA president Jean Todt said: "It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie's passing. Charlie Whiting was a great race director, a central and inimitable figure in Formula One who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport.

"Formula One 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."

He began his F1 career in 1977 working for the Hesketh team before moving to Bernie Ecclestone's Brabham outfit in the 1980s. He joined the FIA in 1988 before rising to the position of race director in 1997.

The FIA has not yet confirmed who will replace Whiting in the role of race director this weekend.


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