It was reported universally early this morning, Thursday 14th March 2019, that FIA FORMULA 1 Race Director, Charlie Whiting, died aged 66 from a pulmonary embolism.
Charlie's journey in FORMULA 1 began in 1977, when he signed for Hesketh Racing who were based in Easton Neston, down the road from the fabled Silverstone International Circuit.
After the team folded, Charlie signed for Brabham team, which at the time was run by Bernie Ecclestone and based in Weybridge, Surrey. He remained with the team for the duration of the 1980s.
As a Chief Mechanic, he oversaw the World Driver's Championship victories of Nelson Piquet in 1981 and 1983!
In 1988, Charlie joined the FIA Federation as the FIA Technical Delegate to F1. In 1997, he took on his most famous role of FIA Race Director & Safety Delegate to FORMULA 1.
He was an integral figure in FORMULA 1, especially synonymous with race starts, as he is the prelude to the legendary line, "LIGHT'S OUT AND AWAY WE GO!!!!!".
FIA President Jean Todt paid tribute to Whiting, "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."
May his soul REST IN PEACE. He will NEVER be forgotten and his legacy will live on forever in the sport.
Chief Mechanic, Chief Engineer, FIA Technical Delegate, FIA Race Director, Permanent Starter & F1 Technical Department Manager.
Thank you Charlie, and we will see you down the line soon!
Charlie Whiting, 12th August 1952 - 14th March 2019, RIP!