The Formula 1 family speak out on the sudden death of Charlie Whiting. Here are some of the thoughts from some of those who worked closely with the man himself…
Formula 1: We are filled with immense shock and sadness at the news of Charlie Whiting’s passing. He will be remembered as a giant of the sport, as well as a dear friend to so many. Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with his friends and family.
Pierre Gasly: The whole motorsport family will miss you. Thanks for everything you did Charlie! R.I.P
Bahrain Circuit: We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of our F1 colleague and friend Charlie Whiting. He was a true great of the sport and will be remembered for both his technical ability and warm personality. We offer our deepest sympathy to his loved ones.
Jean Todt: It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie Whiting’s passing. He was a central & inimitable figure who embodied the ethics & spirit of motor sport. F1 has lost a faithful friend & a charismatic ambassador. All my thoughts & those of FIA go out to his family & friends.
Charles Leclerc: Horrible news from Melbourne. All my thoughts goes to Charlie’s family. The motorsport world will miss you. R.I.P.
Nico Hulkenberg: my thoughts are with the family and friends. R.I.P. Charlie.. we‘ll miss you!
Alfa Romeo Racing: The entire motorsport community has suffered a huge loss today and is left behind with fond memories of one of the most fantastic figures in the history of our sport. Our sincerest condolences go out to Charlie Whiting’s family, friends and colleagues. #Formula1
Red Bull Racing: We are shocked and saddened to hear of Charlie Whiting’s passing and our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.
Circuit Barcelona: We will miss you so much, Charlie. A warm embrace to his family, friends and FIA colleagues, Rest in peace.
Circuit of the Americas: We’re shocked and saddened to learn of Charlie Whiting’s sudden passing. He was a titan of the sport, and he’ll always hold a place in our hearts as the man who first deemed our track race-ready. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.
Haas F1 Team: We are deeply saddened to hear of our friend Charlie Whiting’s passing. We send our condolences to his family at this difficult time. The entire motorsport community is in mourning.
Spa- Francorchamps: All our thoughts are with Charlie’s family, friends and all the FIA & F1 teams. #RIPCharlieWhiting
McLaren: All at McLaren are shocked and deeply saddened at the news of Charlie Whiting’s passing. Charlie will be remembered as one of the giants of our sport, as well as a great colleague. Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with all of his loved ones.
Renault F1 Team: We are shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Charlie Whiting. Charlie was one of the pillars and leaders of the sport. His drive to ensure exciting, safe and fair racing was unparalleled and his passion will be sorely missed.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. The sport will unite to continue his legacy, not just this weekend, but well into the future.
Williams Racing: We are terribly saddened to hear of Charlie Whiting’s passing. Charlie was a true legend of the sport and will be greatly missed. Everyone’s thoughts at Williams are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
George Russell: I’m deeply saddened to hear the news of Charlie Whiting’s passing. Such a huge figure in the world of motorsport. All of my thoughts are with his family and his many friends right now. We’ll all miss him very much.
Max Verstappen: Very sad and shocked to hear Charlie passed away. Thank you for always looking out for us, F1 will not be the same without you. RIP Charlie
Valtteri Bottas: Very sad and surreal news ahead the Australian GP. Can’t believe it.. My thoughts are with the family and friends. He’s done so much for the sport we love. Rest in peace Charlie
Alex Albon: Truly saddened and shocked to hear about Charlie’s passing. Someone who improved and shaped the sport to what it is today. It will not be the same without you.
Racing Point F1 Team: “SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team is deeply saddened by the news of Charlie Whiting’s sudden passing. Formula 1 has lost a great Race Director and a true gentleman, he will be deeply missed.
We extend our thoughts to Charlie’s family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.” Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal, SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team
Baku Circuit: Thank you, Charlie. You were with us from Day 1. Everyone at Baku City Circuit will never forget you and your kindness and support. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your friends and family. May you Rest in Peace.
Yas Marina Circuit: We are deeply saddened by the passing of Charlie Whiting. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues. Charlie’s contributions to F1 are immeasurable and he will be sorely missed. Rest Well, Charlie.
Mercedes: “I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of Charlie’s passing this morning. He was a pillar of our Formula One family – balanced in his approach, subtle in his understanding and always with the interests of Formula One as his main focus.
Charlie was a fantastic ambassador for our sport and a true guardian of its best interests; all of us who were lucky enough to know him will miss his ready smile and gentle humour.
On behalf of the entire Mercedes motorsport family, I send our deepest sympathies to Charlie’s family and friends.” – Toto Wolff
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