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F1 race director Charlie Whiting dead

IANS  |  Melbourne 

Formula One's long-standing race director, Charlie Whiting, died on Thursday due to pulmonary embolism, just three days before the start of the

Considered as one of the motorsport's most respected figures, British-born Whiting, 66, was in to officiate the start of the 2019 season, reports

"It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie's sudden passing," Federation International De L'Automobile (FIA) President, said.

"I have known Charlie for many years and he has been a great race director, in F1 who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport," he added.

was the F1 race since 1997, beginning his career with the sport in 1977 and rising to prominence as

As an for improving safety, was instrumental in pushing through the new for vehicles.

It is not yet clear how the FIA will replace Whiting who, in his role, was responsible for everything rules related, ranging from qualifying and racing, to safety.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 10:22 IST
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