The FIA issued a statement Thursday saying Whiting died in Melbourne, where the season-opening Australian Grand Prix will be raced on Sunday.
World champion Lewis Hamilton, who had already sealed his fifth Formula 1 title, cruised to victory finishing ahead of German Sebastian Vettel, with Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) in third.
The win was Hamilton’s 10th of the season and 72nd of his career. The Briton had already won the drivers’ title for a fifth time.
The New Zealander entered the race knowing that a top-two finish would assure him of the title ahead of his closest rival Alexander Rossi, who had to pit after a mistake on the opening lap and was never able to put serious pressure on Dixon.
The 10th round of the World Rally Championship kicked off in southwestern Turkey on Thursday.
Finland's Kimi Raikkonen will leave Ferrari at the end of the season and rejoin Sauber while Sauber's Charles Leclerc will take Raikkonen's seat at Ferrari.
"It was probably one of the most difficult decisions to take in my career so far. But I thought that it was time for me to take on a fresh and new challenge," says Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo who is joining Renault Sport F1.
Sebastian Vettel defeated main rival Lewis Hamilton on Sunday to win the British GP in front of a partisan crowd and extended his lead in the Formula One championship standings to eight points after 10 of 21 races.
Canadian Lance Stroll (19) and Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin (22) will be the rawest pairing to start a season for Williams F1 who were third overall in 2015, but have been fifth for the past two years.
More than 300 vehicles will contest on 14 stages over the next 15 days in three South American countries.
Trail-blazing US motorsport driver Danica Patrick has confirmed that she will retire from racing next year after competing in the Indianapolis 500 for the last time.
Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne says Formula One is a "part of their DNA" but the Italian sports carmaker might quit if the sport's new owners take it in a direction contrary to their interests.
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