FIA splits Whiting’s role in Bahrain

FIA splits Whiting's role in Bahrain

FIA splits Whiting's role in Bahrain

It has been said that Charlie Whiting will be difficult to replace with the FIA opting to use two people to cover his role at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Whiting passed away days before the Australian Grand Prix, suffering a pulmonary embolism.

His role for Australia went to Michael Masi, the deputy race director of the Australian Supercars series.

Masi will continue as the FIA safety delegate for the Bahrain Grand Prix, however, the race starter role is going to Christian Bryll, the F1 event logistics manager.

Briton Colin Haywood will serve as the deputy race director to Masi.

According to, these changes will be reflected in the sporting regulations which still say that Whiting “shall be the Race Director, the Safety Delegate and the Permanent Starter” for all F1 events.

The FIA is still considering a permanent replacement for Whiting with reports claiming they are likely to split his jobs amongst multiple people.

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