The FIA has today announced that Dr. Ian Roberts will take the reins from former F1 doctor, Dr. Gary Hartstein, who was dropped from the sport at the end of 2012.
Roberts will assume the role of the Medical Rescue Coordinator which involves reporting directly to Professor Jean-Charles Piette, the permanent F1 Medical Delegate. He is already known within F1 as the Chief Medical Officer at the British Grand Prix and other racing series. He is a member of the FIA institute and the UK’s motorsport association medical advisory panel.
Roberts, like Gary Hartstein, is an anesthesiologist and intensive care specialist, aswell as showing advanced Helicopter Emergency Medical Service skills. His new role will involve staying on standby in the medical car and supervising the local response teams throughout 2013.
The decision to sack Dr. Hartstein was controversial as it was thought that his replacement should have been given time to train at the Grand Prix with Hartstein, as Hartstein did himself with former doctor Sid Watkins.