Whiting grilled by the F1 paddock

Whiting grilled by the F1 paddock

He's the man with his finger more truly on the button than anyone else in F1. For once, and thanks to AUTOSPORT's sister publication F1 Racing, FIA race director Charlie Whiting is answering the awkward questions, rather than asking them...

This year's Bahrain Grand Prix was the 900th round of the Formula 1 world championship. Precisely two thirds of those races have been attended by Charlie Whiting. The 61-year-old who enforces F1's rigorous rulebook and starts every race hasn't missed one since the 1978 French Grand Prix.

So this year's British GP was his 600th consecutive race. By any measure, he's a stalwart of the sport. And now here we are, in his air-conditioned office overlooking the pitlane, about to put to him questions gathered from a stellar roster of peers.

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