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Tribute to Professor Sid Watkins

One of Formula 1’s leading personalities, Professor Sid Watkins, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 84. The former F1 medical chief spent 26 years transforming safety standards in F1 and was highly respected by teams, drivers and fans alike. The neurosurgeon’s influence to improve medical facilities in Formula 1 dramatically cut the number of deaths and serious injuries to Formula 1 drivers. As the on-track surgeon, he was also responsible for saving the lives of Didier Pironi, Rubens Barrichello and Mika Hakkinen.

'F1's In A Great Place Right Now'

Soon after winning the 2012 Qantas Australian Grand Prix, former World Champion Jenson Button said: “Formula 1’s in a great place right now”. He might have been speaking about Melbourne, but he meant the sport itself – and events since March 18 have merely underlined his words.

2012 so far - history in seven steps

By the summer break the 2012 season had already made history. For the first time since the World Championship began in 1950, seven different drivers won the seven opening rounds.


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