Speaking at the end of the press conference following his win, Bottas said: “I just want to say again thank you Charlie.
“This win is for Charlie and all his work for Formula 1. He’s done massive amounts. What he’s done, it means a lot to all of us.”
Teams and drivers observed a minute of silence before the race in tribute to Whiting, and the victims of the terrorist atrocity in New Zealand on Friday. Several teams ran with stickers on their cars which said: “Thank you Charlie.”
Whiting served as the FIA race director and official race starter for over 20 years. He gave the start for the first time in the 1996 Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne.
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Browse all 2019 F1 season articlesThe F1 community paid tribute to Charlie Whiting before the first race of the new season