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Featured F1: Charlie Whiting Dies Age 66

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Paul Jeffrey, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

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    Formula One is in mourning today following the shock news that long time Race Director Charlie Whiting has passed away.


    Confirmed to have died while in Australia preparing for the opening round of the new Formula One season, Whiting will be replaced in his role at Melbourne by Michael Masi, who has previously enjoyed spells as Race Director for the Australian V8 Supercars and the Super2 support category, as well as having had involvement in Formula E..

    Whiting, 66, has been a part of the Formula One circus for much of his professional life, having started out in the sport with the popular Hesketh team in 1977. For the 88 season Whiting would play an important role on the pit wall with Bernie Ecclestone’s Brabham team during a golden period for the squad, resulting in numerous race victories and two World Championships for Nelson Piquet in their 80’s hay day, before moving over to the other side of the fence and joining the organizational side of the sport for the 1988 season.

    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 1 lovers.”

    Ross Brawn, Managing Director, Motorsports, Formula 1 said: “I have known Charlie for all of my racing life. We worked as mechanics together, became friends and spent so much time together at race tracks across the world.

    "I was filled with immense sadness when I heard the tragic news. I’m devastated. It is a great loss not only for me personally but also the entire Formula 1 family, the FIA and motorsport as a whole. All our thoughts go out to his family.”

    Having earned a reputation as an astute operator and someone with whom the teams could trust for advice and guidance, Whiting would be an ever present figure within the paddock over the next three decades.

    RaceDepartment offers its sincere condolences to Charlie’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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  2. Craig Dunkley

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    RIP and condolences to his family
     
  3. Kimirai

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    RIP
     
  4. Filip Carlén

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    Say what you want about him and his decisions, but he did a lot for the sport, especially for the safety. He was one of the pillars of F1, may he rest in peace and condolences to his family.
     
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  5. EduCalza

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    he will hit the start race button, in the heavens.
    RIP, Charlie.
     
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  6. JPL083

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    He is now in heaven showing starting lights for the full grid of angels... Goodbye Charlie. Rest in peace :(
     
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  7. Paul Glover

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    Sad news, RIP Charlie.
     
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  8. Terry Rock

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    "What the he**!".
    Is this a joke?
    This guy has been the 'face' of the F1 starting grid.
    Condolence to his family and friends.
     
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  9. Brice.S.

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    shocked : 66 is not old :( ...(off course there is no age for that...)
    @++
     
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  10. ZeroRisk

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    Deepest condolences to all his friends and family and the F1 paddock. Such sad news before the start of this new season. :(
     
  11. paracletus

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    Saddened to hear. One of the giants of motorsport, will be missed.
     
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  12. farjam

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    last night was a weird night for me , and then i heard this news in the morning, rest in peace.
    don't know if anyone else can be that calm and reasonable in the time of tensions ...
    also here is a great art work tribute by : lollipopmancomics
     
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  13. homecalendar

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    This was a great man. Real man. Only God knows how many lives he saved by making the formula as safe as we know it today.
     
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  14. Nick Hill

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    We've all been irritated with Charlie at one time or another, but he has been a huge part of the F1 experience and will be greatly missed.

    66 is pretty young these days.
     
  15. delpinsky

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    So sad news :(
    RIP Charlie
     
  16. Durge Driven

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    Very sad news

    " Great people are often emulated but never replaced "
    DD
     
  17. Patrik Marek

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    Rest in peace
     
  18. giga1tr

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    R.I.P Charlie
    really very sad and gone too young from us
     
  19. Andrew C. Clegg

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    RIP Charlie. Seeing you on TV over the years always bought special memories of Motor Racing in an earlier time. (1970's).
    Thanks for all you did for F1.
     
  20. Andrew Harper

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    Firstly we lost Sid and now Charlie. Two of the most influential people in modern F1.

    He will be greatly missed I'm sure not just in F1 but for all the friendships and relationships he formed with teams and drivers over the years. He mentioned in an interview that he always did the best he could but you could never please everyone and he accepted that as part of the job, and I think we can all sympathise with that in the world of F1.

    To give an idea of just how hard he worked, I was reading yesterday that they tried bringing in two people to possibly replace him in the near future...and they both couldn't cope! lol

    Rest in Peace Charlie. There's probably some drivers up there that need kicking into touch (oversized wings, overtaking under a cloud, usual stuff) so have fun :)
     
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