Charlie Whiting Tag

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer On the eve before the first on-track activity for the Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park commences, FIA Formula One Race Director Charlie Whiting, 66, passed away in Melbourne Thursday morning. In a statement released by the FIA, Whiting’s cause of death was a result of pulmonary embolism. FIA President Jean Todt sent his condolences to Whiting: “It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie’s sudden passing. I have known Charlie Whiting for many years and he has been a great Race Director,Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief The 2018 Formula 1 season readies for their next race this weekend with the Canadian Grand Prix. However, before the fans watch in awe as their favorite drivers take to the 2.709-mile circuit known as Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, get to know the man behind the scenes in FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting. The 66-year-old has seen the evolution of the sport from racing, but more importantly safety. Our friends from Mobil 1 The Grid sat down with Charlie Whiting to discuss his journey.Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief The crown jewel of Formula 1 is looming with the Monaco Grand Prix. FIA Race Director and Motorsport Industry Association ambassador Charlie Whiting is the leading man when it comes to standards on and around the track, and the streets of Monte Carlo are no exception. He breaks down some of the ins and outs in the work that goes into building up a temporary street circuit as they ready for the race on May 27. Our friends from Mobil 1 The Grid have put together videoRead More
By FIA After more than three years at the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, Laurent Mekies, FIA Safety Director and Deputy to the F1 Race Director, is to leave the Federation. Mr Mekies joined the FIA in October 2014 as Safety Director, being responsible for all Safety and Medical matters for the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile across all its Championships, as well as R&D and homologation activities for both track and road. At the start of 2017 he was appointed Deputy F1 Race Director in addition to his existing duties. InRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer Formula 1 has made a decision to delay the introduction of a head protection system until the 2018 season. The push back will allow for better testing and, in theory, deployment of a safer system. On one hand this is a responsible decision and understandable, but perhaps more importantly, this is another example of Formula 1’s inability to communicate a consistent working plan that is clear to the F1 paddock. Lets first discuss the decision to delay the Halo or any sort of additional head protectionRead More

Posted On February 23, 2016By Adam TateIn Breaking News, Formula One, Headline News

F1 changes qualifying format

By Adam Tate, Managing Editor With the Strategy Group and the F1 Commission both meeting today in a series of last ditch efforts to draft new rules for 2017, 2018 and beyond; a series of announcements are set to stream out of Geneva over the following days that will have massive implications for the sport. The first of these broke today with changes to the now, well established qualifying format. What replaces the tried and true system is a gimmicky scheme that surely has Bernie Ecclestone rubbing his hands with glee. QualifyingRead More

Posted On August 23, 2015By Joey BarnesIn Formula One

FIA removes new curb at Eau Rouge

The FIA has decided to remove a new curb at Eau Rouge prior to qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix. With the drivers capable of cutting part of the left-hander at Radillion – the top of the climb at Eau Rouge – a larger curb w installed at the apex. With a number of events in GP2 and GP3 that saw several cars getting airborne momentarily after making contact with the curb, the FIA decided following a driver’s meeting to remove it. The FIA will now monitor any advantage gainedRead More