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Watkins tributes planned for Singapore weekend 20 Sep 2012

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

Following the sad news of the death of FIA Institute Honorary President and renowned former FIA medical delegate, Professor Sid Watkins, last week, a number of tributes to his memory have been arranged for this weekend’s 2012 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix.

On Sunday, before the start of the race, Bernie Ecclestone has invited those on the grid to observe a minute's silence in Watkins' honour, and throughout the weekend a Book of Remembrance will be available for the F1 community to write their own personal messages of condolence.

A bronze bust of Professor Watkins, commissioned for him on the occasion of his retirement last year from the FIA Institute Presidency, will be on display beside the Book of Remembrance. At a later date, the Book will be presented to the Watkins family on behalf of the FIA, FIA Institute and F1 family.

The FIA and the FIA Institute will continue to consider the most appropriate permanent tribute to Professor Watkins, in recognition of his achievements and his unique legacy for motorsport. An announcement on this lasting tribute will be made in due course.