Charlie Whiting dismisses FIA departure rumours

Charlie Whiting - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Formula 1’s long-standing race director Charlie Whiting has dismissed rumours that he is set to relinquish his role in the FIA and join one of the racing teams.

Whiting has been subject to rumours at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza this weekend that hint that he was set to leave his role with the FIA, who he’s been a part of since 1988, but the sixty-four-year-old has laughed them off, dismissing them as ‘complete nonsense’, with Whiting wondering where the rumours came from.

“I’ve heard this rather ludicrous story, and I don’t know where it came from, that apparently I’m not happy at the FIA and I’ve been touting myself to the teams,” said Whiting to Autosport. “It’s entirely without foundation on both counts. It’s laughable.

“I’m extremely happy doing what I’m doing, and I’m most certainly not touting myself to the teams – and if I did, I wouldn’t do it in the paddock.

“A friend text me yesterday and said that even on TV someone had said I was leaving at the end of the year, that I’d have a year on gardening leave, and then I’d take over as team principal of a team. Well, that’s news to me. It’s complete nonsense.”