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.
The great and the good from team principals to drivers, from Jean Todt to one B. Ecclestone all had a question for Charlie. And the first came from no less a luminary than Mr N Lauda...
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