LONDON — Sid Watkins has died.
The English neurosurgeon who served as the Formula One medical chief for nearly three decades and was highly involved in the process of making racing safer. Watkins was 84 years old.
He was highly respected as an acclaimed neurosurgeon, F1 medical delegate, chairman of the FIA Expert Advisory Safety Committee, and as the first President of the FIA Institute.
“This is a truly sad day for the FIA family and the entire motor sport community,” said FIA President Jean Todt. “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.”
“Sid was a true gentleman of our sport and always a pleasure to work with,” said FIA Institute President Gerard Saillant. “He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him, from doctors and drivers to officials and fans. Sid’s influence will live on for many years to come.”