Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the Motor Sports Association – governing body of UK motor sport – paid tribute to Professor Sid Watkins OBE, who died yesterday at the age of 84 after a long illness:
“With the work that he undertook over the past 50 years, it is quite possible that Sid Watkins has had a greater impact on modern day motor sport than any other person. Every driver in the sport owes Sid an enormous debt of gratitude for the safety advances that he introduced in Formula One and latterly through the FIA Institute that have made their way down throughout the rest of the sport.
“Sid began his involvement in UK motor sport as a member of the Royal Automobile Club’s Motor Racing Medical Panel. In 1997 he was awarded the Prince Michael Centenary Award of Merit for his services to the sport and has always remained an honorary member of the MSA Medical Panel.
“Yet as well as being extremely knowledgeable and dedicated, Sid was also incredibly entertaining and engaging, something he demonstrated every year at the Watkins Lecture. He will be sorely missed and our thoughts are of course with his family and close friends at this time.”
13 September 2012