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Watkins retires from active FIA duty 08 Dec 2011

Professor Sid Watkins receives a bronze statue on the occasion of his retirement as FIA Institute President. New Delhi, India, December 8, 2011

Famed Formula One medic Professor Sid Watkins has stepped down as FIA Institute President after eight years in the role, marking his retirement from full-time involvement in motorsport after a career spanning 50 years.

Neurosurgeon Watkins, 83, played a key role in bringing Formula One safety up to its current high standards, leading the calls for improvements during his long tenure as Formula One’s medical delegate between 1978 and 2004 and continuing his efforts in his subsequent FIA position.

He now becomes the first Honorary President of the FIA Institute and will continue to be an ambassador for the body’s programmes across the world. He is succeeded as President by his former deputy, Professor Gerard Saillant.

"It has been an honour and a great pleasure to lead the Institute since its establishment,” said Watkins. “I am very proud of our achievements and our plans for the future, both in terms of motor sport safety and sustainability. I look forward to continue making a modest contribution to these in my new capacity as Honorary President."

To mark his retirement and as a tribute to all he has achieved, the Institute presented Watkins with a bronze statue at this week’s FIA Annual General Assembly in New Delhi, India.

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