Charlie Whiting is FIA Formula One Race Director, Safety Delegate, Permanent Starter and head of the F1 Technical Department. He generally manages the logistics of each F1 Grand Prix, inspects cars before a race, enforces FIA rules, and controls the start of each race.
Career history [change]
His first job was assisting his brother Nick in preparing race cars near the Brands Hatch racing circuit in England. In 1977 Whiting joined Hesketh Racing at Easton Neston, near Silverstone. When the team folded, he joined Bernie Ecclestone's Brabham team. He become the chief mechanic for Nelson Piquet in 1981 and 1983 seasons. He later became chief engineer.
2005 United States Grand Prix [change]
During the 2005 United States Grand Prix, Whiting was involved the tyre controversy. None of the tyres which Michelin had brought to Indianapolis were safe to use. Michelin was unable to produce new tyres to replace the seven teams' unsafe tyres. Michelin asked Whiting to install a chicane in Turn 13 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway instead. Whiting refused to make the change. He said this would be unfair to the teams who were able to race safely on the existing track.