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FIA race director Charlie Whiting passes away

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Charlie Whiting, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile's (FIA) of died at 66.

The FIA, Formula one's governing body confirmed through a statement that "died on Thursday morning as a result of pulmonary embolism."

was considered as one of the most influential people in the sport. This news comes just three days ahead of the season-opening on Sunday.

The held a key role in the running of race weekends, overseeing the FIA's operation of all on-track sessions.

In addition to his duties at Grand Prix weekends, he also had a wide-ranging position at the overseeing safety and technical matters in the sport.

"It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie's passing. was a great race director, in who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport," said in his official statement.

"Formula One has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic All my thoughts, those of the and entire community go out to his family, friends, and all Formula One lovers," he added.

The FIA is yet to confirm who will replace Whiting in the role of this weekend.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 12:32 IST