The excitement of the first Formula 1 race of the season palled when I heard about the death of Charlie Whiting on Thursday morning.
To say it was a shock would be an understatement and I kept reading it with the hope that it was a misprint or misinformation from the other side of the world. Tragically, it wasn't.
Charlie was two years younger than me and I knew him from when he started in Formula 1. I didn't realise it at the time but I actually knew him before his F1 days.