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Charlie Whiting is FIA Formula One Race Director, Safety Delegate, Permanent Starter and head of the F1 Technical Department, in which capacities he generally manages the logistics of each F1 Grand Prix, inspects cars in Parc fermé before a race, enforces FIA rules, and controls the lights which start each race.

Career History

His first job was assisting his brother Nick in preparing saloon and rally cars near the Brands Hatchmarker racing circuit in Englandmarker. In the mid seventies the brothers were running at Surtees in the 1976 British F5000 series for race driver Divina Galica. For the 1977 season Whiting joined Hesketh Racing at Easton Neston, near Silverstonemarker. Following the demise of the team, he joined Bernie Ecclestone's Brabham team at Weybridgemarker, where he would stay for the following decade, becoming chief mechanic for the World Drivers' Championship successes of Nelson Piquet in and and later rising to chief engineer, while Nick went on to open a Motor Racing spares shop near the Brands Hatch circuit.

In he became Technical delegate to the FIA Formula One and in he was appointed FIA Race Director and Safety Delegate.

His brother Nick's store, "All Car Equipe", located in West Kingsdown, Kent was up and running prior to 1975. It was located about a mile from what was the front entrance to Brands Hatch off the A20. Nick was later murdered.

2005 United States Grand Prix

During the United States Grand Prix, he was involved in a controversy when none of the tyres which Michelin had brought to Indianapolis were safe to use. The French tyre company was unable to produce new tyres with which to replace its seven customer Formula One teams' unsafe equipment and asked Whiting to install a chicane in Turn 13 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedwaymarker instead. He refused on the grounds that this would be unfair to the teams who were able to race safely on the existing track and that making last-minute changes to the track could expose all concerned to legal sanctions in the event of an accident.


  1. Whiting's reply to Michelin

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