Ecclestone: I do not know what they will do without WhitingMarch 15, 2019
The common phrase that there are no irreplaceable people, if applicable in Formula 1, then with reservations. Bernie Ecclestone, the former head of the management of the championship, is not able to imagine how you can do without Charlie Whiting, who suddenly died the day before.
At one time, back in the 80s, Whiting played a key role in the fact that the Brabham team, which then belonged to Ecclestone, achieved real success in the championship. Then, having already gone to work at the FIA, for more than two decades he served as the racing director of Formula 1. According to Bernie, the news of the death of Charlie Whiting simply shocked him.
“He did an excellent job with his work at the FIA. To be honest, I do not know what they are going to do or who they are going to replace him with. “He was an exceptional professional,” Ecclestone said in an interview with RaceFans. “Charlie was a man I could trust.”
In general, many people understood that he could be trusted: if Charlie said that he would do it, there was no doubt that he would do his best. I can’t say anything bad about him.
When he worked as the chief mechanic of Brabham, in fact he was rather the leader of the team. It was he who led her to victories. The riders loved him, trusted him, and all the other employees – too. There was no one who would be opposed to him, everyone supported him. ”
According to Ecclestone, it was he who helped Whiting to take the position of the FIA racing director: “I believed that only he was able to cope with this task. He was a strong man, impervious to the nonsense that everyone else carried. Of course, sometimes he grieved someone when he made decisions that did not suit someone. But usually these were the right decisions.
He was supported by the stewards, because when they doubted which decision to make, they always turned to Charlie, and he helped them. ”
Bernie Ecclestone found out the sad news about Whiting’s death last night from Jean Todt and noted that his long-time friend and associate had died peacefully: “If there is something good in this story, it’s just that Charlie calmly went to sleep, knowing that at seven in the morning he had to get up and go to work, but he did not wake up. When my turn comes, I hope that I will leave that way. ”
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