Charlie Whiting

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Whiting at the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix

Charles Whiting[1] (12 August 1952 – 14 March 2019) was a British motorsports director. He served as the FIA Formula One Race Director, Safety Delegate, Permanent Starter and head of the F1 Technical Department. He mostly managed the logistics of each F1 Grand Prix, inspects cars before a race, enforces FIA rules, and controls the start of each race. He was born in Sevenoaks, Kent.

Career history[change | change source]

Whiting's first job was assisting his brother Nick in preparing race cars near the Brands Hatch racing circuit in England. In 1977, he 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.

In 1988, he became technical delegate to the FIA Formula One and in 1997 he was appointed FIA Race Director and Safety Delegate.

2005 United States Grand Prix[change | change source]

During the 2005 United States Grand Prix, Whiting was involved in a 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.[2]

Death[change | change source]

On 14 March 2019, Whiting died of a pulmonary embolism in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He was 66.[3][4][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Charlie Whiting obituary". The Sunday Times. 15 March 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  2. Whiting's reply to Michelin
  3. "FIA Statement - Charlie Whiting". FIA. 14 March 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  4. Jonathan Noble. "FIA F1 race director Charlie Whiting dies ahead of Australian GP". Autosport. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. "Charlie Whiting: F1 race director dies aged 66 on eve of season-opener in Melbourne". BBC Sport. 14 March 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2019.