FIA Director of System One Charlie Whiting passes away out of the blue
Charlie Whiting – 1952-2019
The FIA is deeply saddened to report that its Director of System One Charlie Whiting has died out of the blue aged 66 after struggling a pulmonary embolism in a single day on Thursday morning in Melbourne, the place he was set to officiate at this weekend’s season-opening Australian GP.
“It’s with immense unhappiness that I discovered of Charlie’s passing,” stated FIA President Jean Todt. “Charlie Whiting was an excellent Race Director, a central and inimitable determine in System One who embodied the ethics and spirit of this unbelievable sport. System 1 has misplaced a devoted good friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie. All my ideas, these of the FIA and full motor sport neighborhood exit to his household, pals, and all System One lovers.”
Whiting started his System One in 1977 when he joined the Hesketh workforce as a mechanic. The workforce, which had introduced James Hunt to worldwide recognition, was in a parlous state when Whiting joined and when it closed on the finish of the season, he moved to Bernie Ecclestone’s Brabham squad the next yr.
Whiting stayed with the workforce for the following decade, engaged on the vehicles of Niki Lauda and Nelson Piquet earlier than rising to the place of chief mechanic throughout the interval it twice took Piquet to Drivers’ Championship glory, in 1981 and 1983.
He left Brabham on the finish of the 1987 season, when Ecclestone bought the workforce. At Ecclestone’s suggestion Whiting joined the FIA’s technical division in 1988, initially working below then technical delegate Gabriel Cadringher earlier than changing into technical delegate in 1990. Later within the decade he took on the race starter function he’s maybe most publicly well-known for, assumed the place of security delegate and took on accountability for circuits.
In 1997 he was appointed System One Race Director and within the extra 20 years that adopted steered the working of 400 grands prix.
Following his sudden passes tributes to Whiting have flowed in from groups and drivers throughout System One.
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Source:: New paper 24 – Sports