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Charlie Whiting dead – Formula 1 racing 
Charlie Whiting, Formula One’s long-serving race director, has died suddenly on the eve of the new 2019 season after suffering a pulmonary embolism, aged 66.

The F1 paddock has been rocked by the tragic news, which emerged just one day before the Australian Grand Prix weekend gets underway, and tributes and been paid by teams, drivers and friends including the FIA president Jean Todt, F1 managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn and five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

The FIA announced on Thursday morning that Whiting had passed away suddenly while in Melbourne ahead of the first race of the season.

A statement read: “FIA Director of Formula One, Charlie Whiting, has sadly passed away this morning (14 March 2019), in Melbourne, aged 66, as the result of a pulmonary embolism, three days before the Australian Grand Prix which will open the F1 season.

“He began his F1 career in 1977 working at the Hesketh team, then in the 1980s at Brabham. He has been an integral part of the organisation of the FIA Formula One World Championship since he joined the Federation in 1988, and has been the Race Director since 1997.”
Formula 1 icon Charlie Whiting has died at the age of 66 less than 24 hours after the 2019 Formula 1 season was launched in Melbourne.

The veteran racing steward and FIA race director died after suffering a pulmonary embolism on Thursday morning in Melbourne.

Widely regarded as one of the most influential people in the history of Formula 1, Whiting died just one day before he was scheduled to officiate the first practice session of the Formula 1 season at Albert Park in Melbourne on Friday.

As reported by Skysports.com, the FIA released a statement on Thursday to confirm the tragic news.

“It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie’s passing,” FIA president Jean Todt said.

“Charlie Whiting was a great race director, a central and inimitable figure in Formula 1 who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport. 

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