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post #1 of 5 Old 10-11-2005, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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possible knighthood for Sid Watkins

I got this in the mail:

There is a petition as part of a campaign for former F1 medical chief
Professor Sid Watkins to be knighted for his services to F1 and
motorsport safety, the petition is at www.sidwatkins.co.uk

I think he deserves it, because he was always a strong believer in making the sport safer. Although I lost my interest in F1, he still gets a lot of respect from me. What do you think of this person?
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-16-2005, 12:38 AM
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This was mention during the race. Since I am new to Formula One racing, could you tell me who he is.


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post #3 of 5 Old 10-16-2005, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Bart
This was mention during the race. Since I am new to Formula One racing, could you tell me who he is.


he is the chief doctor of the Formula 1

I don´t understando if you´re being ironic or not... :roll:

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-17-2005, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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From wikipedia:

Sidney Watkins M.D., F.R.C.S., O.B.E. (b. 1932), commonly known as Professor Sid, is a world-renowned neurosurgeon who served twenty-six years as the FIA Formula One Safety Delegate and Medical Delegate, head of the Formula One on-track medical team, and first responder in case of a crash.

Born in Liverpool, United Kingdom, Watkins attended the University of Liverpool and graduated in 1952; he worked for the Royal Army Medical Corps in West Africa for four years, but immediately thereafter he returned to the UK to specialize in neurosurgery at Oxford University. It was at this time that Watkins became interested in motorsports, and he began to act as race doctor at the Silverstone Circuit during his free time.

Watkins moved to Syracuse, New York upon receiving an offer to be professor of neurosurgery at the State University of New York, but returned presently to England to act as head of neurosurgery at the London Hospital. In 1978 he met Bernie Ecclestone, at the time manager of the Brabham Formula One team, who offered Watkins the position of official Formula One race doctor; he has served in this position, and has held a number of FIA safety-related titles ever since then. The FIA has recognized Watkins for being largely responsible for the modernization of medical standards in Formula One.

In 2002, Watkins was made a member of the Order of the British Empire. The University of Liverpool presented him with an honorary doctorate at a ceremony in Liverpool on July 8, 2004. On October 12, 2004, Watkins became the first president of the FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society, and on December 10 he became the first president of the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety, both created in honor of the FIA's hundredth anniversary.

On January 20, 2004, Watkins announced his retirement from his various medical positions in the FIA, but stated his intention to continue as President of the FIA Instititute for Motor Sport Safety. FIA President Max Mosley appointed Watkins's longtime deputy Gary Hartstein as his successor. [1]

Watkins has written or co-authored a number of books on racing safety, including Life at the Limit: Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One. He is married, and has four sons and two daughters.
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post #5 of 5 Old 03-02-2006, 02:54 AM
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Nice Story... I respekt him very much.... I know him since the Airton Sena's death, I rad an interview with Doktor Sid, whre he was spoken about his discutions with Sena before the Tragical Race..... It is so sad..... Sid found that Airton is not feeling very well after the novice pilot death in saturday, so Sid asked him to take a rest, not to race on Sunday, but Sena said that he is a racer and accept all the price he should pay for that..... Sid Watkins is the Protector of Formula 1's lifes.... Deep Respekt!

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