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Monopolist of the formula 1-knowledge

He knew all the rules, watched you, and you said race Director Charlie Whiting was in the formula 1 is irreplaceable. Now he has died at the age of 66 years.

obituary of Philip Schneider

The formula 1 is operating, for each of the possible maneuvers for each of the built-in screw clear rules. In a time in which almost every possible Information in just a few seconds of digital determine, comforting, had, it is something that each Grand Prix is a office, the people went to search on analog channels the Council. Whether you are in Monza, in Melbourne, or Austin, behind a very large Desk, a friendly man sat with a lush snow-white hair, and explained his world. Sometimes he gave each Individual an audience, sometimes he was surrounded. Of drivers, team bosses, journalists. And even those who visited him in his office, knew him from the television. For you he was the one of the light-operated, which gave the start signal. When he appeared, it went off.

Charlie Whiting, from Sevenoaks, a town South of London, was a Monopolist in the formula 1, a Monopolist of knowledge. He was the one who knew all the rules, you are monitored, interpreted, and explained. He not only started the race, he also decided, whether you are interrupted or canceled. He knew the technical Details of each car. He certain whether the route had to be changed. If one is irreplaceable, because he was for 22 years Director of the race, that's not long a secret.

On Thursday morning, the people whispered to the race track in Melbourne to the customer, they asked according to the question: What is now from the start of the season on Sunday? What Charlie can, but nobody else can?

1997 Whiting, race Director

on Wednesday night was a Whiting on the track, where he met with Sebastian Vettel. "I have talked with him about the first two curves for ten minutes," said Vettel at the press conference before the start of the season, in the first all talking about Whiting. "Charlie was as always. No signs of any problems. It is not difficult to understand that he is there now." A "real Racer" would have been Whiting. One of them, a friend of the driver.

The Racer started his career as a mechanic. Together with his brother Nick, he worked in the seventies, initially at the Surtees team, then at Hesketh. Later he moved to Bernie Eccles tone Brabham Team was there, chief engineer, and helped to screw the track, Nelson Piquet in 1981 and 1983 world champion. In 1988, he took a Job as a Technical delegate to the world Federation, 1997, he was the race Director.

Charlie Whiting, was found Thursday morning dead in his hotel room, he died at the age of 66 of a pulmonary embolism. There are now, for the time being, only rules, no connection to them. And a traffic light, for 22 years no other man was responsible.

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