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Motorsport : formula 1 race Director Charlie Whiting is dead

The sudden death of race Director Charlie Whiting has shocked the formula 1, shortly before the start of the season. The Briton died on Thursday at the age of 66 years in Melbourne, of a pulmonary embolism, such as the Motorsport world governing body said FIA. On the day before his death, Whiting in Australia had been in the paddock and had monitored the preparations for the opening race. "Formula 1 has lost in Charlie, a loyal friend, and charismatic Ambassador," said FIA President Jean Todt.

The race teams, and pilots were in deep grief and paid tribute to the important role of whiting's in the Premier class. Since 1997, he has served as race Director for the organizational process of all Grand Prix, the safety and clarification of technical issues responsible. Formula-1-sport boss Ross Brawn has not responded deeply affected at the news of the death of his friend: "This is a huge loss for me, but for the entire formula 1 family, the FIA and the Motorsport in General."

Whiting made a name for himself as a meticulous rule guardian

Whiting began his Motorsport career, like so many as a mechanic. Together with his brother Nick, he worked from 1977 in the formula 1 Hesketh racing team. Later he moved to Bernie Eccles tone Brabham Team and was chief technician. In 1988, he took a Job as a Technical delegate to the world Federation and made a name for himself as a meticulous as a rule guardian.

the TV audience was Whiting is mainly known for the fact that he took via Signal the Start of each race. "Charlie has played a key role in the Sport, he was as race Director for many years by the referee and the voice of reason," said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner. The Renault team saw in Whiting, "one of the cornerstones and leaders of our sport," Williams called him "a true legend".

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Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, the message is not wanted to believe at first. "He has done so much for the Sport that we love," tweeted the Finn. Haas driver Romain Grosjean said: "listening to the drivers, always, and for our security." Remained open, first, who's in charge as the successor of Whiting the Grand Prix in Australia. His Deputy was the last of the Americans, Scot Elkins. (dpa)

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