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Charlie Whiting retirement rumours re-surface

Speculation is once again doing the rounds that long time F1 race director Charlie Whiting could be set to be replaced.

Speculation is once again doing the rounds that long-time Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting could be set to be replaced.

With Bernie Ecclestone departing, many others linked with the former F1 supremo also left the sport, including Herbie Blash and Pasquale Lattuneddu.

Some at the time said that Whiting, a long-time Ecclestone ally dating back to the Brabham team days, may also go soon as well - but the rumour was denied.

However, writing in the Spanish sports daily Marca, correspondent Jose Maria Rubio said the Whiting rumours are back.

"All indications are that French engineer Laurent Mekies, who has been with the FIA since leaving Toro Rosso, will be his successor," he wrote.

"Mekies could take on the new role next year, so that after Whiting goes, there will be almost no one left in key positions from the Bernie era."

Whiting has been in the race director role since 1997.

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