Charlie Whiting

Charlie Whiting
Photograph of Charlie Whiting at the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix.
Born
Charles Whiting

(1952-08-12)12 August 1952
Sevenoaks, Kent, England
Died14 March 2019(2019-03-14) (aged 66)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
NationalityBritish
OccupationMotorsports director
Years active1988–2019
Known forSafety improvements in motorsport

Charles Whiting[1] (12 August 1952 – 14 March 2019) was a British motorsports director. He most notably served as 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.

Early life

Whiting was born on 12 August 1952 in Sevenoaks, Kent.[2] He watched his first motor race when he climbed over the fence to see the 1964 British Grand Prix, held at Brands Hatch close to his family home. He came to working in motor racing himself through his older brother Nick, who was competing in autocross and circuit racing. Having decided to follow a career in race engineering, he visited a technical college and then the Borough Polytechnic Institute, earning qualifications in mechanical engineering.[3]

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