The FIA has named Michael Masi as the Formula 1 race director for the Australian Grand Prix following the sudden passing of Charlie Whiting.
Whiting died at the age of 66 on Thursday morning, on the eve of the new F1 season in Melbourne. Having held the roles of race director, safety delegate and permanent started at the FIA — as well as head of the F1 technical department — Whiting’s sudden passing leaves the FIA needing to provide a a replacement in a number of areas, with Australian Masi stepping into the role this weekend.
“Appendix 1, Part B of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations for this Event (“Sporting Regulations”), specifies that Mr. Charlie Whiting shall be the Race Director, the Safety Delegate and the Permanent Starter,” the stewards note read.
“In accordance with Article 11.9.3b of the FIA International Sporting Code, the Sporting Regulations shall hereby be amended to reflect Mr. Michael Masi as the Race Director, Safety Delegate and Permanent Starter for this Event.”
It is not yet confirmed if Masi will continue in the role beyond this weekend, with Whiting having been F1 race director since 1997. The 39-year-old has already carried out duties as a steward in Formula 1 before as well as serving as chairman of the stewards at last weekend’s Hong Kong ePrix.