Exclusive: How to run a Grand Prix
TG gains unprecedented access for a behind-the-scenes look at the FIA at work at the Brazil 2012 finale
Posted: 19 Feb 2013
You'll probably be familiar with Charlie Whiting. A former Brabham mechanic - Gordon Murray's ingenious 1978 ‘fan car' was the first F1 car he worked on - Whiting has been the sport's indefatigable Race Director since 1997. Part of the FIA's technical working group, he's one of the key architects of F1's technical and sporting regulations and oversees their implementation at every Grand Prix. This is plainly no easy task.
"It is quite formidable," he admits. "There is a perception that I just sit up here and play God, but it's not like that at all. We have specialists in every area - engine, gearbox, software - who come to virtually every race. We have a lot of tools at our disposal, but some things you thought were perfectly clear in the beginning often turn out not to be. That's why it's important to analyse things properly."