Professor Sid Watkins, the FIA Formula One and Safety Delegate and Medical delegate has passed away at the age of 84. ‘Prof’ as he was known was the Formula One first responder for 26 years, before retiring in 2004. He saved the lives of many Formula One drivers including Mika Haikkenen, Gerhard Berger, Martin Donnelly, Karl Wendlinger and Erik Comas. He was also well known for his close friendship with Ayrton Senna.
His death was announced on the Social Networking site “Twitter” on Wednesday night by Henry Hope Frost, Autosport magazine sub-editor.
The legacy that Sid leaves behind is too large to write about but include the massive changes in safety in F1 that have undoubtedly saved the lives of Mark Webber in 2010 and Fernando Alonso in Belgium 2012, to name but a few.
He will be sadly missed by the F1 community.