F1 community pays respects to late race director Charlie Whiting

Formula 1's long-serving and widely respected race director Charlie Whiting died suddenly in Melbourne Thursday, leaving a "huge void in the sport" just days before the opening Grand Prix of the season, AFP reported.

The 66-year-old Briton, who had been at the helm since 1997 and was in charge of everything rules-related in the highly technical sport, suffered a pulmonary embolism, or blood clot.

The F1 community has expressed their shock and sadness of Whiting's sudden passing by posting messages and tributes on social media. 

Here's a list of those posts: 

2016 F1 champion and former Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg: 

F1's statement: 

Former Benetton F1 driver: 

2009 F1 champion Jenson Button: 

Scuderia Ferrari: 

McLaren F1: 

Red Bull F1: