Whiting suffered a pulmonary embolism on Wednesday morning where he was on hand to oversee the annual Melbourne Formula One debut. He has been an integral part of the organisation of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship since he joined the Federation in 1988, and has been the Race Director since 1997.
Charlie Whiting's sudden passing shocked the F1 community assembled in Melbourne and cast a dark shadow over this weekend's season-opening race.
Bernie Ecclestone says he doesn't know how Formula 1 will replace Charlie Whiting after the FIA race director sadly passed away in his sleep on Thursday. He said: "Formula One has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie. I think all our thoughts, the whole paddock, the whole circus, the whole family of Formula 1; all our thoughts are with him and especially with his family in these hard circumstances".
The Briton was well-known to many fans as the official starter of races, as well as the authoritative voice on many on-track incidents in his role as host of the drivers' briefings at every race. It's very sad. He was an icon of Formula One.
"I think at the moment what is the most important is that the thoughts are going to his family and friends and close ones".
Formula one managing director Ross Brawn said he was "devastated" at the news, after knowing Whiting all his racing life. It is hard to grasp when someone is just not there any more. To add to what Lewis said, I've known him for a long time, and he's sort of been our man, the driver's man. "We worked as mechanics together, became friends and spent so much time together at race tracks across the world". Obviously there's regulations and all that and then there's us and he was the middle man.
Charlie Whiting, Formula One's race director and a longtime figure in the sport, has died from a pulmonary embolism.
"He was a man with great integrity who performed a hard role in a balanced way", he said.
In an interview with RaceFans, Ecclestone expressed sadness after learning of Whiting's passing, adding that he would leave Formula 1 with a huge void that would be hard to fill.
"My condolences to his family, I really enjoyed our talks over the years, Charlie, you will be missed by us all". "All our thoughts go out to his family".