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FIA appoints new Formula 1® medic 18 Jan 2013

The Medical Car at the rear of the starting grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 8 July 2012 Safety and Medical Cars.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Preparations, Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has appointed Dr Ian Roberts as the sport’s new medical rescue coordinator, replacing Dr Gary Hartstein.

Dr Roberts will work within the FIA medical team at every Grand Prix during the 2013 season, deploying to the track in the F1 medical car and supervising the response of the local medical team. He will report to Professor Jean-Charles Piette, the FIA’s permanent medical delegate, who will oversee emergency operations from race control.

Dr Roberts, who is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care and a veteran HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) practitioner, has a strong background in motorsport, having been chief medical officer of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone for a number of years.

He also sits on several motorsports medical advisory panels, including those of the FIA Institute and the UK’s Motor Sports Association.

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