Sid Watkins, Formula One’s doctor died today at age 84. Personally responsible for saving the lives of drivers Gerhard Berger, Martin Donnelly, Érik Comas, Mika Häkkinen, Rubens Barrichello and Karl Wendlinger, he revolutionized the emergency medical treatment of crash-related traumas which, until 1978, had been confined to a trackside tent.
His autobiography, Life at the Limit: Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One remains a great read!
In 1985 he was presented a trophy during the British Grand Prix driver’s Grand Prix. It was engraved:
To the Prof, our thanks for your invaluable contribution to Formula 1. Nice to know you’re there!