Charlie Whiting 1952-2018
FIA Director of Formula One Charlie Whiting died on the morning of March 14, days before the start of the Australian Grand Prix, as the result of a pulmonary embolism. He was 66.
Whiting was the FIA Formula One Race Director, Safety Delegate, Permanent Starter and head of the F1 Technical Department, in which capacities he generally managed the logistics of each F1 Grand Prix, inspected cars in parc fermé before a race, enforced FIA rules, and controlled the lights that start each race. He had been the driving force in promoting safety in F1.
Whiting recently visited WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in November for FIA inspection and certification. All of us at the track will remember him fondly and are grateful for his many contributions to motorsports. The world of motorsports has lost one of its greats, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Whiting family and all the members of the FIA.