The Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula One team released the following statement after the death of Formula One director Charlie Whiting was announced:
We are shocked and saddened to hear of Charlie Whiting’s passing and our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.Formula 1 has lost one of its most loyal and hard-working ambassadors, and the paddock will be a poorer place without him.Charlie’s contributions to F1 go beyond measure and his loss leaves a huge void in our sport.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner said:
I am deeply saddened to hear the terrible news that Charlie Whiting passed away last night. Charlie has played a key role in this sport and has been the referee and voice of reason as Race Director for many years. He was a man with great integrity who performed a difficult role in a balanced way. At heart, he was a racer with his origins stretching back to his time at Hesketh and the early days of Brabham. On behalf of everyone at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing we pass on our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Charlie was a great man who will be sadly missed by the entire Formula 1 paddock and the wider motorsport community.”
The FIA confirmed that the 66 year old suffered a pulmonary embolism on Wednesday in Melbourne.