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Eric Sidney "Sid" Watkins: 1928 - 2012

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Chris Jenkins, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    Im reading on Twitter that unfortunately, Professor Sid Watkins, who was a pioneer in the safety developments in modern day F1 has sadly passed away.
    A legend of the Motorsport world, that will be truly missed by all I'm sure!

    Rest in peace sir.
     
  2. R.I.P.

    This guy has saved countless people's lives and could arguably the the best man ever to be involved in Formula 1 or Motorsports for that matter. It's a shame to see him pass away, however the silver lining is he got to accomplish everything he wanted to do in his life and not many people can say that.
     
  3. .

    Just a few weeks ago I got to watch something about Prof. Sid.

    Great Man.
     
  4. Dear motorsport community,

    as for those who have not yet come to know it, the former head of the on-track medical team of the Formula 1, Sid Watkins, has died last night.

    Watkins was famous for saving the lives of many drivers, including Karl Wendlinger and Mika Hakkinen, but he was massively admired among the Formula 1 drivers for his achievements in increasing the safety of drivers. Furthermore, he was known for his deep friendship with Ayrton Senna, whose life he desperately tried to safe after the Brazilian suffered fatal injuries at Imola.

    The Prof, as he was usually called, passed away on September 12th at the age of 84, leaving behind his wife and his six children as well as a saddened but grateful motorsport community.

    I want to express my deepest compassion with his family and his many friends.

    Rest in peace, Sid Watkins.
     
  5. Simon Bacon

    Simon Bacon
    Premium Member

    Quite possibly the most important man in F1. RIP
     
  6. Yes, RIP Sid.
    The world will miss you!
     
  7. For those who don't know Sid Watkins is the man who attended to Ayrton Senna when he died.
    he fought valiantly to make F1 safer for the drivers and acted as a father figure to many of the drivers, none more so than Senna himself.

    It's a sad day for the world of motorsport that it was announced today that Professor Sis Watkins has died t the age of 84.

    RIP Sid

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/motorsport/19578977
     
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  8. Tom

    Tom
    Staff Emeritus Staff

    Ayrton & Sid are finally united forever - maybe they'll go fishing now, just as Sid suggested in May 1994.
     
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  9. Chris Hempsall

    Chris Hempsall
    Moderator

    Yes, I was just going to say that he'll be fishing with Senna now.
     
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  10. same here, i remember them lines very well.
     
  11. Mohameddo-san

    Mohameddo-san
    F1 Sim Racer & #1 St. Bernard Lover on RD Premium Member

    R.I.P. Dr. Watkins