The Components 1 neighborhood was surprised by the demise of FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting, who was in Melbourne for the primary race of the brand new season.
This testifies to the widespread affection felt in the direction of the person who spent greater than 20 years main the racing weekends in F1 was hailed so shortly by many sports activities personalities.
For the pilots, Whiting was their very important level of contact throughout the FIA and a key supporter of F1's pursuit of upper security requirements. Previous and current runners shared their impressions of a loss that affected all of them.
I used to be as shocked as we’re in the present day, after I heard the information this morning, principally as a result of I had spoken to him. yesterday and walked the observe for the primary two corners with him. It's laborious to know when somebody is now not there.
I’ve identified him for a very long time and he was in a manner our man, that of our drivers. Clearly, there may be regulation and all that, then there may be us and he was the center man. It was somebody who might be requested for something, anytime. He was open to everybody, at any time when his door was at all times open.
This was a runner, he was only a very good man … All of the paddock, all of the circus, the entire household of Components 1, all our ideas are going in the direction of him and particularly along with his household in these tough circumstances.
I’ve identified Charlie since my debut in 2007. After all, this morning, I used to be extremely shocked to listen to the unhappy information. My ideas and prayers are along with his household. What he did for the game, his dedication, he was actually a pillar. Such an emblematic determine of the sports activities world, and he has introduced us a lot. Might he relaxation in peace.
This isn’t essentially the most stunning information. I'm simply shocked by her, after all.
He was there for us. We gave him a tough time, we actually pushed him to push him and get him to work, however he was at all times very receptive and we at all times felt like he was on our facet. As in a breakup, we may most likely complain about numerous issues and it by no means actually closed.
He was open and doing lots for the game. We are going to clearly have excellent and optimistic recollections of him. I keep in mind my first Australian GP in 2012, with Franz [Tost] and so they instructed me to go to Charlie, it's the start of the brand new season, begin the connection on a superb notice.
It is very important respect each second. You are taking it with no consideration. I'm certain we'll all be operating with numerous ardour this weekend, and it simply reminds us that we're very fortunate to be on this place.
Commercial | Turn into a fan of RaceFans and
After all, it was a shock, particularly since I spent the day with him in Geneva a number of weeks in the past and we had a superb dialogue, nearly lots. After I left, I mentioned to see you in Australia for an additional race season and naturally, while you hear this information, it's wonderful. Barely 66 years previous.
I assume we simply have to understand day-after-day and each morning that you simply get up and revel in life and that it's not simply Components One, however lots different issues in life – that is solely a part of it. I believe that in the intervening time, crucial factor is that our ideas are with household, associates and family members.
It's a tough second. I noticed Sebastian stroll with Charlie yesterday and I assumed I’d not interrupt as a result of I used to be going to see him on Friday on the pilots briefing. Sadly, this is not going to be the case.
It is rather unhappy. He was a type of Components 1 icon, however not simply Components 1. He was … a runner, additionally complying with all the principles. He was actually the type of one who may at all times be trusted and engaged, so it's a really unhappy second. I consider his household.
I believe it was simply that you recognize that he was the driving force … all of the drivers had been going to Charlie's at any time when we had an issue, just about. And he was simply at all times open to dialogue and at all times open minded. Particularly only a very good individual. I believe that through the years he has completed a lot for Components 1.
He definitely helped form Components 1 in order that it will turn into what it’s in the present day. # 39; hui. Simply the professionalism and his competence had been huge. He will likely be missed by everybody within the paddock.
It’s sure that the day begins a bit of in a different way with the unhappy information of the morning, the very first thing that I arrive within the paddock, so feeling very surreal. So, I simply need to inform my ideas to all of Charlie's closest family and friends. After all, for everybody in Components 1, this isn’t one of the simplest ways to begin the season.
He at all times had an awesome understanding of the game, at all times tried to be honest. I had huge respect for him. So it's very unhappy for us and in addition very immediately, I don’t assume anybody anticipated it. Very unhappy information and we are going to miss him very a lot.
Very unhappy information in the present day with the demise of Charlie. He was a real lover of F1 and a key determine in our sport. I’ll miss assembly him and speaking to him through the races. He at all times listened to the drivers and stored us secure. We are going to miss him very a lot. All my ideas to his household.
Commercial | Turn into a supporter of RaceFans and
My ideas are with household and associates. RIP, Charlie. You’ll miss us.
You’ll be missed by your complete motor sport household. Thanks for all you probably did Charlie.
Deeply saddened by Charlie's passing. I’ve at all times loved chatting with some of the excellent professionals in our sport. We are going to miss him very a lot. All my condolences to his household and associates.
Carlos Sainz Jnr
I’m deeply saddened by the announcement of the demise of Charlie Whiting. Such a determine on this planet of motorsport. All my ideas are along with his household and his many associates proper now. We are going to all miss him very a lot.
I believe everybody is aware of that Charlie will likely be missed by everybody within the park. Very unhappy information for us all. Considered his household and associates. Thanks for all the things you probably did for our sport.
Relaxation in peace, pricey Charlie. You left us too early and we are going to miss you terribly. At all times grateful on your laborious work and your expertise. My ideas are with your loved ones and family members.
Actually unhappy to study of the passing of Charlie Whiting. He cared lots about us, the drivers! For our security and to attempt to maintain issues on observe. My ideas are particularly for you, Ms. Whiting and your kids.
In shock, after listening to the information of Charlie's demise. He at all times had the protection of the drivers and the issues in hand and didn’t fear about placing us in our sneakers once we acted in a disorderly method. Now we have misplaced a so variety and charming human being who will likely be sadly missed by many. My coronary heart goes to his household on this very tough time.
Know Charlie Whiting for a really very long time, shocked by the announcement of his demise. His professionalism and judgment had been incomparable. We ship our most honest condolences to his household. Charlie will likely be sadly missed by everybody.
A tragic day for all of us, thanks for all the things you probably did for F1 Charlie.
So unhappy to listen to that my good good friend Charlie Whiting died, Chaz will miss you and F1, we are going to miss you as a result of you’ve been a part of the household for a really very long time. My ideas are with family and friends.
I’m so unhappy to listen to of Charlie Whiting's demise and my ideas are along with his pretty household. It was such an unimaginable man and I frequently surprise "What would Charlie do?" By directing the game in the best path.
I awakened with the unhappy information that Charlie Whiting died. My homage and all my respect to an lovable man and an actual skilled. Motor sport has misplaced a key determine.
Lucas di Grassi
Very unhappy information about Charlie Whiting, he was an awesome determine of our sport and introduced it to the very best stage that it’s. An actual pilot and a good friend.
Paul di Resta
2019 F1 Season
Try all objects from the 2019 F1 season
Share this text on RaceFans in your community: