Whiting was an icon in motor sports
AP | AUSTRALIA.- Sudden death Charlie Whiting, race director Formula 1, gives you a gloomy tone in the first weekend of the season, with a rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel dropped into the background.
The day before the first training session for Australian Grand PrixThe Formula 1 world was shocked when he learned that the man who was described as "a faithful friend and charismatic ambassador" of this sport, died of pulmonary embolism in Melbourne. Whiting was 66 years old.
Lewis Hamilton, a five-time champion, said that Whiting is an icon of motorsport. Sebastian Vettel, a four-time champion, added that the Englishman was a great intermediary between pilots and F1 administrators.
Daniel Ricciardo He said that the pilots sometimes tested Whiting's patience, "but you always had the feeling that he was on our side."
"He did so much for our sport," said Ricciardo. "I am sure we will all compete with great passion this weekend. It is a reminder that we are blessed that we can be in this position. "
Whiting began working with F1 in 1977 as a member of the Hesketh team. In the 1980s, Bernie Eccelstone moved to Brabham. He joined the FIA in 1988 and became the racing director in 1997.
The pilots spoke at a press conference, which was called to the official presentation of the first race of the season, but began with the recognition of the Whiting heritage.
Ultimately, however, the competition was said: