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23 March, Saturday


Formula 1 has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador - FIA president

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Charlie Whiting, the head of Formula 1 for governing body the FIA and one of the most influential people in the sport for decades, has died aged 66.

Whiting suffered a pulmonary embolism on Thursday morning in Melbourne, where he was due to officiate this weekend's season-opening Australian GP.

Whiting was the official race starter and oversaw all rules matters in F1.

FIA president Jean Todt called Whiting "a central and inimitable figure who embodied the ethics and spirit" of F1.

Todt added: "Formula 1 has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie."

Whiting's death leaves a hole in the FIA's organisation of the Australian Grand Prix - he was the go-to person for teams on all matters pertaining to an F1 weekend.

The FIA has not yet announced how he will be replaced.

 

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