formulation One race director Charlie Whiting (photograph left) has died in Melbourne, just days earlier than the season-establishing Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

The sixty six-yr-antique Briton died on Thursday from a pulmonary embolism, or blood clot inside the lung.

Whiting began his F1 career in 1977 running at the Hesketh crew and later moved to Bernie Eccelstone's Brabham group in the Eighties.  He joined FIA, the federation of international vehicle racing, in 1988, and have become race director in 1997.

'significant and inimitable parent'

"it's miles with large unhappiness that I discovered of Charlie's sudden passing," FIA President Jean Todt stated in a declaration. "i have recognized Charlie Whiting for decades and he has been a splendid race director, a principal and inimitable parent in formula person who embodied the ethics and spirit of this terrific recreation. Formula 1 has misplaced a loyal buddy and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie."

As race director, Whiting performed a pivotal element in the business enterprise of the FIA components One global Championship. His function covered overseeing song and automobile safety, procedural matters on Grand Prix weekends and starting the race.

cw/cmk (AFP, AP)