Formula One mourns sudden death of FIA race director Charlie Whiting

first_img Reuters MelbourneMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 09:29 IST Charlie Whiting (right) had joined the FIA as a technical delegate in 1988 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCharlie Whiting had been race director since 1997As FIA director, Whiting was a driving force in pushing improved safetyWhiting first worked in F1 for defunct British outfit Hesketh before crossing to BrabhamFormula One race director Charlie Whiting, a popular and key figure in the sport, has died three days before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, the governing FIA said in a statement on Thursday. He was 66.The Briton, who started his career working for the Hesketh team in 1977, died in Melbourne of a pulmonary embolism, it said.”It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie’s sudden passing,” said Jean Todt, president of the International Automobile Federation.”He has been a great race director, a central and inimitable figure in Formula One who embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic sport. Formula One has lost a faithful friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie.”Whiting, who had been race director since 1997, first worked in Formula One for defunct British outfit Hesketh before crossing to Brabham to work with the sport’s former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone in the 1980s.He joined the FIA as a technical delegate in 1988.As FIA director, Whiting was a driving force in pushing improved safety and played a key role in the introduction of the halo, the ring-like barrier fitted over the drivers’ heads to protect them from heavy impacts and missiles.The halo was credited with saving driver Charles Leclerc, now at Ferrari, from a potentially serious injury at last year’s Belgian Grand Prix when Fernando Alonso’s McLaren bashed against his Sauber’s bodywork as it flew over the Monegasque’s head.The news was met with shock in the Formula One paddock where Whiting was close to drivers, with whom he conducted pre-race briefings, and teams who sought technical guidance and clarifications.advertisement”Charlie will be remembered as one of the giants of our sport, as well as a great colleague. Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with all of his loved ones,” former champions McLaren said on Twitter.Red Bull tweeted: “We are shocked and saddened to hear of Charlie Whiting’s passing and our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.”Ross Brawn, F1 managing director, said he was “devastated” to lose a friend and colleague.”I have known Charlie for all of my racing life. We worked as mechanics together, became friends and spent so much time together at race tracks across the world,” the former championship-winning boss of Brawn GP said in a statement.”I was filled with immense sadness when I heard the tragic news.”Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas said on Twitter: “Very sad and surreal news ahead the Australian GP. Can’t believe it..”My thoughts are with the family and friends. He’s done so much for the sport we love.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow FIA race directorFollow Charlie WhitingFollow Charlie Whiting diesFollow F1 Formula One mourns sudden death of FIA race director Charlie WhitingThe Briton, who started his career working for the Hesketh team in 1977, died in Melbourne of a pulmonary embolism, it said.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

This Map Will Take You on the Same Road Trip in ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’

first_img You Can Sleep in Hunter S. Thompson’s Colorado Cabin This Coastal Airstream Road Trip Has Us California Day Dreamin’ Gonzo fans can now recreate the psychedelic road trip from Hunter S. Thompson’s novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. (Mescaline, high-powered blotter acid, and cocaine saltshaker not included.)Archive Photos/Getty ImagesCarRentals.com, owned by Expedia, has mapped the coordinates from this iconic 1970s book, with 10 pit stops from Los Angeles to Las Vegas that include the Pioneer Saloon, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, the Flamingo, and Circus Circus Hotel. No, you can’t stop in bat country.The total trip can take 6.5 hours crossing 346 mils. Here is the map. Editors’ Recommendations Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Thompson took this route before Fear and Loathing was written, as the book was inspired by the travel involved during two magazine assignments from Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated. Thompson and his attorney, the Chicano activist Oscar Zeta Acosta, traveled from L.A. to Sin City during March and April of 1971 to cover the killing of Mexican-American TV journalist Rubén Salazar and the annual Mint 400 desert race. Sound familiar?Fear and Loathing is rooted in autobiographical incidents, tracking the story of journalist Raoul Duke and attorney Dr. Gonzo as they travel from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on assignment. Duke’s intent to work becomes overshadowed by an intent to trip balls in the City of Lights. Does he still get his work done? Yes, he does. Thompson himself was notorious for working under the same boozy and drug-hazed circumstances.In Fear and Loathing, Duke’s odyssey to chase the American Dream reveals the failures of the 1960s countercultural movement. However, a recreation of this road trip does not need to be as culturally charged for you and your travel companion. All we suggest is traveling with the Thompson mantra: “too weird to live, too rare to die.” And in true Gonzo journalism fashion, blur the line between reality and imagination, because road trips have the power to reveal pieces of ourselves we never knew were there.“Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas.”I’ll leave you with this motivational speech to pack up the car and ditch town:“Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas … with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.”Make your Fear and Loathing road trip extra savage by renting a red 1971 Cadillac Eldorado convertible and don your favorite yellow aviators, visor, and party shirt.CarRentals.com also created maps for On the Road by Jack Kerouac, The Cruise of the Rolling Junk by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and other literary staples that explore Americana touring. The Best Podcasts to Listen to On Your Commute Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouses last_img read more