On September 12th, at the age of 84, Sid Watkins, the world-renowned neurosurgeon has died after suffering a heart attack.
The world of motor sport and in particular Formula One bids farewell to the former medical delegate.
Watkins was the on-track surgeon for 26 years from 1978 through to 2004, with his crusade to improve medical facilities in Formula One helping to dramatically cut the number of deaths and serious injuries in the sport
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Following Watkins retirement Max Mosley said
Professor Watkins has made a unique contribution to improving the standards of safety and medical intervention throughout motor sport.
Many drivers probably owe their lives to the Prof, both to his efforts as a first responder on the circuits and to the improvements that he instigated. Amongst those he helped to save are Gerhard Berger, Martin Donnelly, Érik Comas, Mika Häkkinen, Rubens Barrichello and Karl Wendlinger.
Watkins was married with six children and my thoughts are with his family.