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Thursday, September 13, 2012

RIP: Professor Sid Watkins 1928 - 2012

Sad news about the passing of Professor Sid Watkins.

What to say about the man.  He was an institution in F1 by the time I began watching the sport in '89.

His legacy is the quality and speed of medical treatment for which the sport is now renowned. Without him the sport would not be anywhere near as safe as it is now.

Those who knew him will be able to say it better than I.

All I know is that the world has lost a great man who spent his life saving other people's lives.  Some of the many F1 drivers who would not be here without him include Gerhard Berger (Imola '89), Rubens Barrichello (Imola '94) and Mika Hakkinen (Australia '95).

Legend of the sport. Rest in Peace.