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Old 14th September 2012, 13:19   #1
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Renowned English neurosurgeon Professor Sid Watkins who was at the forefront of Formula 1 safety for more than 30 years, has died aged 84. He served twenty-six years as the FIA Formula One Safety and Medical Delegate, head of the Formula One on-track medical team, and first responder in case of a crash.

He helped to save the lives of many drivers including Gerhard Berger, Martin Donnelly, Érik Comas, Mika Häkkinen, Rubens Barrichello and Karl Wendlinger. Watkins was also known for his friendship with driver Ayrton Senna until Senna's death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.


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Will quote an excerpt I read about his relation with Ayrton Senna

Someone asked Senna - "A lot of the drivers have a retinue around them – a physiotherapist, this, that and the other, and special diets and so on. What do you do?" And he said, "Well, I don’t do anything – if I’ve got a problem, I ring up Sid!"

His service to the sport has been exemplary to say the least
Rest In Peace Sir!!
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Apparently, Professor Watkins was instrumental in pushing driver safety after Senna's accident and demise and as a result, there hasn't been a single driver fatality since the tragedy.

The world needs more of his kind and I hope it is blessed with such people.
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http://www.institutequarterly.com/IQ...rticle-03.html

Manish Pandey-Prof Sid-Ayrton Senna : A Relationship to savor !!

Source : Institute Quarterly

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