Vettel in shock over Whiting after Australia track walk - Thu 14 Mar 12:55 GMT

Sebastian Vettel says his shock at the loss of Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has been intensified by the fact he shared a track walk with Whiting in Australia on Wednesday.

Vettel in shock over Whiting after Australia track walk

  The Ferrari driver and Whiting met up at the exit on the Albert Park pit lane on Wednesday afternoon and stayed together for a first part of the lap as they inspected the circuit.

  As news of Whiting’s death emerged on Thursday, Vettel said he was left in disbelief about the loss of someone so highly regarded.

  Williams driver Robert Kubica was also out on track at the same time as Vettel and Whiting on Wednesday, but decided not to interrupt them.

  Max Verstappen spent time with Whiting at a recent stewards’ convention, and said his passing was proof about the need to appreciate each day.