An explanation from the FIA confirmed that the Briton had died of a pulmonary embolism on the eve of the Australian Grand Prix weekend.
FIA President Jean Todt said, "With great sadness, I learned of Charlie's death
" Charlie Whiting was a great race director, a central and inimitable figure in Formula One. She embodied the ethics and spirit of this fantastic Sports.
"Formula 1 has lost a loyal friend and a charismatic ambassador in Charlie. All my thoughts, those of the FIA and the entire motorsport community, go to his family, friends and all Formula 1 lovers. "
Whiting worked in Formula One for Hesketh Racing in 1977, but was best known for his work. 1
He moved with the blessing of Ecclestone to a position as technical delegate of the FIA and was from 1997 FIA director and security delegate.
His duties included monitoring track and vehicle safety, as well as technical and procedural issues surrounding Grand Prix weekends and the start of the race itself.
Whiting was instrumental in improving safety standards in Formula One a driving force behind the introduction of the halo at the beginning of last year – which was explained by saving the life of Charles Leclerc after his fall at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Whiting said last year that a series of technical advances had helped make the F1 so safe and clear the way for Leclerc.
"I agree with the introduction of the Halo and that played a role, but you must not forget over the years what is far less visible to improve the safety of the survival cell, the side impact structures, the frontal impact structures the survival cell itself, high Cockpit sides, the headrest, "he said.
" All these things have been done gradually over the years, and they also play a role in the outcome. "