Red Bull sporting director Jonathan Wheatley admitted to missing former F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting, saying he misses the professionalism he brought to the table.
Whiting was the Race Director until his passing in 2019. He died three days before the start of the 2019 season and is remembered as a legend of the sport.
Having assumed the role since 1997, the man was impeccable at his job. He is remembered for his impartial decisions and his ability to come up with quick verdicts in times of need. He also worked with the FIA and with the Hesketh and Brabham teams.
Wheatley admitted to missing Whiting, saying he was a mentor to him and to the entire grid.
“Charlie was your ultimate poacher turned gamekeeper,” he reflected on The Jack Threlfall Show, as quoted by GP Fans.
“He worked in Formula 1 in the era at Brabham where rules were interpreted creatively. I used to love, over a glass of wine and a dinner, hearing about various little things that they got away with back in the ’80s, but Charlie had the respect.
“He was consistent in his decision making, consistent in the way he dealt with people across the board. He knew when to tell you to shut up and when you needed an arm around you.”
“Yeah, and I miss (Whiting)…I’m a pretty calm person and I’m pretty calm on the pit wall,” he continued.
“There are times when I’m really not calm and I can remember several times going into his office when I was livid and he said ‘Shut the door, shut up and sit down’ and you need that from time to time.
“I’m not sure I would have the right reaction if Michael said that to me but I guess that comes from the person you are dealing with.”