Michael Masi has been named as the official race director for the Australian Grand Prix following the death of Charlie Whiting.
Whiting was in Melbourne for the season-opening grand prix when he suffered a pulmonary embolism.
The 66-year-old, who had been the official F1 race director since 1997, passed away.
The FIA have appointed Masi, the deputy race director of the Australian Supercars series, to the role for this weekend’s Australian GP.
The FIA statement read: “Appendix 1, Part B of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations for this Event (“Sporting Regulations”), specifies that Mr Charlie Whiting shall be the Race Director, the Safety Delegate and the Permanent Starter.
“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.”
Masi has served as a Formula 1 steward as recently as last year’s Chinese Grand Prix.
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