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      09-12-2012, 04:22 PM   #1
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Sid Watkins has died at 84

http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/2..._campaign=news

A huge loss for motorsport, many drivers are alive today because of him. RIP
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Rest in peace, Sid.

May have to go watch Senna right now in tribute.
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He will definitely be sorely missed.
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RIP a true legend and save many driver's life.
Now he can go fishing with Ayrton in heaven.

We will always remember all his effort improving a dangerous sport.
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Thank you for everything you did for Formula 1 and motorsport.
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Professor Sid Watkins, the neurosurgeon who did more than anyone to make Formula One a safer sport, has died at the age of 84.

Watkins was brought into the sport by Bernie Ecclestone in 1978 at a time drivers were still being killed with grim regularity. Six had died in the previous five years, and shortly after Watkins' arrival Ronnie Peterson lost his life after an accident at Monza, largely as a result of poor medical facilities at the track.

Watkins, universally known in the paddock as 'Prof', worked tirelessly for safety improvement and was strongly backed by Max Mosley during his time as head of the FIA. He stepped down as F1's medical officer in 2004 but continuing to play a role at the governing body as first president of its foundation.

A wise-cracking whisky-drinking individual, Watkins won the respect, admiration and friendship of many drivers, perhaps most notably Ayrton Senna, the last man to die in an F1 race in 1994. In his book Life at the Limit: Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One Watkins wrote of Senna's final days and how distraught the Brazilian was at Roland Ratzenberger's death in qualifying the day before the grand prix.

Watkins could see how affected Senna was and advised him to quit there and then. "What else do you need to do?" he told Senna. "You've been world champion three times, you are obviously the quickest driver. Give it up and let's go fishing". Senna's reply, the last words he spoke to Watkins, was simple: "Sid, there are certain things over which we have no control. I cannot quit, I have to go on."

But Watkins saved many others, including Rubens Barrichello who had crashed heavily that same weekend. "It was Sid that saved my life in Imola 94," Barrichello said on hearing the news. "A great guy to be with, always happy. Thanks for everything you have done for us drivers." Martin Donnelly, Mika Hakkinen, Gerhard Berger and Frank Williams are others who owe much to Watkins' calm and quick response and care after life-threatening accidents.

FIA president Jean Todt said: "This is a truly sad day for the FIA family and the entire motor sport community. Sid was loved and respected in equal measure by all those who knew and worked with him. We will always be grateful for the safety legacy that he has left our sport."

McLaren chairman and former team boss Ron Dennis said: "No he wasn't a driver. No he wasn't an engineer. No, he wasn't a designer. He was a doctor and it's probably fair to say that he did more than anyone, over many years, to make Formula One as safe as it is today."
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Just read this. Very sad day.
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So sad, RIP Sid. What an impact he has had on motor racing. Here is a great write-up by Joe Saward which includes the best tribute quote I've seen (from Ron Dennis):

http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/sid/
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Sid Watkins to be applauded before Singapore GP

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A minute’s applause in honour of Sid Watkins will take place before the start of the Singapore Grand Prix, the FIA has announced.

Watkins, who died last week, served as the medical delegate for Formula One from 1978 to 2004, and is credited with saving many lives and making numerous safety advanced in the sport.

A Book of Remembrance will be made available for members of the F1 community to contribute personal messages of condolence throughout the weekend.

It will be displayed next to a bronze bust of Watkins which was commissioned from the FIA Institute presidency last year. The FIA is also planning to create a permanent tribute to him.
http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2012/09/2...re-grand-prix/
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