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      03-13-2019, 08:56 PM   #1
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Charlie Whiting dies aged 66

Just 4 Days before 2019 Australian F1GP

http://www.espn.com/f1/story/_/id/26...g-dies-aged-66

Charlie Whiting, the FIA's director of Formula One and one of the most influential people in the sport, has died at the age of 66.

The news comes just three days ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. The FIA, F1's governing body, confirmed Whiting died on Thursday morning as a result of a pulmonary embolism.

Whiting held a key role in the running of Formula One race weekends, overseeing the FIA's operation of all on-track sessions. In addition to his duties at grand prix weekends, he also had a wide-ranging position at the FIA overseeing safety and technical matters in the sport.

FIA president Jean Todt said: "It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie's passing. Charlie Whiting was a great race director, a central and inimitable figure in Formula One who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport.

"Formula One has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie. All my thoughts, those of the FIA and entire motor sport community go out to his family, friends, and all Formula One lovers."

Formula One's motorsport boss, Ross Brawn, added: "I have known Charlie for all of my racing life. We worked as mechanics together, became friends and spent so much time together at race tracks across the world. I was filled with immense sadness when I heard the tragic news. I'm devastated.

"It is a great loss not only for me personally but also the entire Formula One family, the FIA and motorsport as a whole. All our thoughts go out to his family."

He began his F1 career in 1977 working for the Hesketh team before moving to Bernie Ecclestone's Brabham outfit in the 1980s. He joined the FIA in 1988 before rising to the position of race director in 1997.

The FIA has not yet confirmed who will replace Whiting in the role of race director this weekend.
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RIP Charlie. 66 is too young. Looking forward to the race and what will be done in his memory.

https://www.fia.com/news/fia-statement-charlie-whiting
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Damn. Just a few years older than me. What a shame. Way too young. That's the second well known sports person to die of an embolism in just a few weeks. The other was Nick Cafardo (Boston area sports writer). He was only 62. Scary stuff.

Formula One races won't be the same without Charlie in the starter's box.
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Damn. Just a few years older than me. What a shame. Way too young. That's the second well known sports person to die of an embolism in just a few weeks. The other was Nick Cafardo (Boston area sports writer). He was only 62. Scary stuff.

Formula One races won't be the same without Charlie in the starter's box.
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Good grief, terrible news during what is supposed to be a happy time of the year for those involved. RIP Charlie.
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Terrible news.

Condolences to his family and friends.
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Very sad news and a great loss to Formula 1.
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Damn. Just a few years older than me. What a shame. Way too young. That's the second well known sports person to die of an embolism in just a few weeks. The other was Nick Cafardo (Boston area sports writer). He was only 62. Scary stuff.

Formula One races won't be the same without Charlie in the starter's box.
My attorney, who also happens to be one of my best friends was taken to the hospital because his wife, a nurse, insisted that he was a bit out of sorts. It turned out that he had several emboli in his lungs and appropriate measures were taken. He had just returned from Europe 48 hrs before. Had his wife not been so insistent, I fear he would have suffered the fates of Mr. Cafardo and Mr. Whiting. He is 67. It's truly frightening.

RIP Charlie. I wish Marie had been with you in the days before.

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I was wondering if this was a result of the long flight to Australia, if indeed he died there and not in the UK.
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I was wondering if this was a result of the long flight to Australia, if indeed he died there and not in the UK.
Yes, it was in Australia.

He had only walked some of the track corners with Vettel a couple of hours beforehand.
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Final tribute to Charlie Whiting by his alter ego, Fake Charlie Whiting. Very touching and a good farewell to both. Cheers-MK

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Yes, it was in Australia.

He had only walked some of the track corners with Vettel a couple of hours beforehand.
I immediately thought the same....years of super long flights, and perhaps, not enough leg stretches.

I'm just two weeks older than Charlie was....may his family find comfort during this massive loss.
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