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Professor Sid Watkins dies at the age of 84 // Tributes pour in for the man who changed the face of safety

Published by Christine Blachford

Professor Sid Watkins dies at the age of 84
Credit: ANSA

Welcome to F1Minute - Professor Sid Watkins dies at the age of 84.

Sad news from the F1 world last night as it emerged that the renowned doctor, Sid Watkins, had passed away at the age of 84. Watkins was loved throughout Formula One and motorsport for his efforts in improving driver safety, spending twenty-six years as the FIA Medical Delegate, often first on the scene when a major accident occurred.

Tributes poured in for the Professor, including from one of his close friends Ron Dennis: “...many drivers and ex-drivers owe their lives to his careful and expert work, which resulted in the massive advances in safety levels that today’s drivers possibly take for granted.”

And Rubens Barrichello has first hand experience of that, saying: “It was Sid Watkins that saved my life in Imola 94. Great guy to be with, always happy...tks for everything u have done for us drivers. RIP.”

The last word to Ross Brawn: “It was a pleasure and an honour to have known and worked with him, and we extend our thanks and gratitude for all of his hard work to make the sport we love as safe as possible.”