Charlie Whiting (12 August 1952 – 14 March 2019) was the FIA Formula One Race Director, Safety Delegate, Permanent Starter and head of the F1 Technical Department, in which capacities he generally managed the logistics of each F1 Grand Prix, inspected cars in parc fermé before a race, enforced FIA rules, and controlled the lights that start each race.

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Charlie Whiting: Formula One race director dies suddenly, aged 66

(CNN) Leading motorsport figures have paid tribute to Formula One's race director Charlie Whiting following his sudden death after he suffered a pulmonary embolism in Australia. The 66-year-old Whiting was in Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix, which ...

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Charlie Whiting: Formula One's unparalleled driving force

... paddock on Wednesday to oversee this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix, but passed away after suffering a pulmonary embolism on Thursday morning. Coming just a day before practice begins, Whiting's sudden death hit especially hard.

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F1 community pays respects to late race director Charlie Whiting

Really sad to hear about the passing of Charlie Whiting. He cared so much for us drivers! For our safety and for trying to keep things fair out on track. My thoughts are especially you, Mrs. Whiting and your children.#ThankYouCharlie #CharlieWithing.

- Wheels24