The first weekend of this year’s World Championship was marred by a terrible tragedy. Last night, Charlie Whiting, the long time Formula 1 Race Director, passed away here in Melbourne. Scuderia Ferrari joins everyone else in the paddock in expressing its deep regret at the loss of one of the best loved figures in the sport.
This is Team Principal Mattia Binotto’s tribute: “Charlie was a true professional and extremely knowledgeable, but more than that, he was a wonderful person, who always treated everyone with respect. A tireless and enlightened motorsport expert, he helped make F1 safer and better. He set the benchmark for our sport, which is diminished by his passing and we have lost a friend. He will be greatly missed by everyone.”