More than one candidate for Whiting's job

But Der Spiegel reports that American Scot Elkins, the official deputy race director, only missed out because he was not in Australia.

Der Spiegel also reports that Nikolas Tombazis and Peter Bayer are in the running.

"It's not easy to do Charlie's job," said Bernie Ecclestone , a long time friend and colleague who was instrumental in Whiting's appointment to the FIA in the 80s.

Ross Brawn agrees: "His work on the race weekends may have made up 5 per cent of his workload."

FIA president Jean Todt says the governing body will spend time next week deciding on a permanent solution following Whiting's death.

"We've been thinking about it for some time already and Charlie was also involved because we knew he could not have his role forever," Todt said in Melbourne.

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