RIP Prof Sid Watkins
Posted 12 September 2012 - 20:41
Posted 12 September 2012 - 20:46
Hero is an overused word sometimes, but not for this man. The fact Martin Donnelly and Mika Hakkinen are still with us, is largely down to him, and others too. I only met him once, at an event that the equally remarkable Steve Olvey was launching, or promoting (I forget which) one of his books, and he was as I expected him to be - a charming, somewhat humble man, entertaining and a gentleman.
Posted 12 September 2012 - 21:22
such sad news R.i.p. Prof Sid
There are reports as yet unconfirmed by the media that the Prof has passed on this evening.
Posted 12 September 2012 - 21:36
RIP Prof Sid Watkins
Posted 12 September 2012 - 22:29
Posted 12 September 2012 - 22:58
He was indeed worthy of all the accolades he received during his life. And yes, he was a hero to many, including myself.
The world will remain a lesser place without his presence.
Edited by Dennis Hockenbury, 12 September 2012 - 23:05.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 00:37
If this had been his life's only work, it would've been enough. But there was more.
Vale Sid Watkins, another link to past and fondly-remembered days of giants of our sport for one, saviour of so many.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 04:29
B**ger-one of those who meant so much-what a contribution he made--RIP.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 05:57
The introduction of the medical car with Sid in it that sticks in my mind as he had a grin from ear to ear.
RIP Professor Watkins a lot of drivers have you to thank.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 06:16
Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:11
A man with a huge legacy, RIP Sid.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:25
Warm , open hearted and amusing he certainly will be well remembered by everyone who met him
Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:28
I worked with him once or twice - including presenting one of the Watkins lectures at the NEC. with Sid making the hilarious opening speech. This is a special memory.
He was a great man, in all the correct meaning of those words.
Why can't other people in F1 be as nice and straightforward as he was ?
Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:31
I bumped into him once in the paddock in Montreal, he stopped me, asked how Soames was, just as BCE's "henchman", Pasquale came over as I had the nerve to talk to him, "f=*# off, we're talking" was all Sid said. I was taken aback, but it did give me a laugh. Great, great man.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:31
I wrote his following words down when I read them in Autosport in the May 7, 1998 issue. For some reason I was moved by them then, and continue to be:
"I still think about Ayrton a great deal. I dream about him alot. It's one of the problems of old age, you know: you dream more. There are two or three people in my life who have affected me alot - my father, the neurosurgeon at Oxford with whom I trained and Senna....and I dream about them constantly. And I hate it, because they are alive and well, and then you wake up, and you have to face it again that they're gone."
Posted 13 September 2012 - 11:16
Edited by cpbell, 13 September 2012 - 11:17.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 14:37
It's very rare that someone has universal respect in F1. It's such a bitchy place, but Sid rose above all that and thankfully we are all left with his legacy.
RIP Professor Sid Watkins and thank you for everything.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 14:52
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Posted 13 September 2012 - 17:06
The racing fraternity will be all the poorer for his passing.
Thanks for everything you did, Prof, you will be greatly missed.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 18:25
Enjoy the whisky and cigars Sid - you deserve them!
Posted 14 September 2012 - 03:28
Posted 18 September 2012 - 20:34
His obituary by Alan Henry in the Guardian:
Sid Watkins to me is one of those very rare people famous for having done something amazing in their lives, yet whose personality and character still surpasses that specific achievement.
Hearing of his death saddened me because it meant I would never be able to meet him.
Posted 19 September 2012 - 08:51
Once again, RIP.
Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:21
"No current Formula 1 drivers were present."
There's really nothing to add to that, is there?
Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:54
Posted 20 January 2013 - 13:20
Posted 20 January 2013 - 13:26
Again to be fair, Tim, I would guess that on the day of Sid's funeral they were all in the air on the way to Singapore.
To be fair, Watkins retired from all his various FIA medical roles at the start of 2005, so a lot of the newer drivers wouldn't have known him. Of course that doesn't excuse the six who were around when he was involved.
Posted 20 January 2013 - 13:33
Posted 20 January 2013 - 13:37
Ah, my mistake - I'd confused the two events.
Again, "to be fair", Syd's memorial service was in London last Friday, January 18th.
As you were ...
Posted 20 January 2013 - 13:54
I think you're right, Rob - I can't find Mika's name in any of the online reports on the service. As a world champion, if he'd been there I feel sure he'd have got a mention.
Ron was present, so maybe he was there on Mika's behalf.
As I understand it the funeral was a private family event, so no-one from F1 would have attended or been expected to attend.
Posted 20 January 2013 - 14:16
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 22:03
Perhaps I'm young and naive, maybe because my network of friends is the majority still intact, but are we not a bit in danger of "you must attend, so I can know that you care enough" situation. There's been a book of condolence available in the Singapore paddock as well as a minutes silence on the grid I believe, plenty of opportunity to send personal correspondence, and all seemed keen to pay tribute on TV. Maybe the current F1 drivers (or at least some of them), live in their own personal bubble, but I think this feel a bit like trying to stir up trouble. The current F1 fraternity haven't completely ignored him.
I'm more concerned at the sudden departure immediately after Sid's passing of his colleague and friend Dr Gary Hartstein, though I've just seen an article outlining his replacement, the ex-Chief Medical Officer at Silverstone, Dr Ian Roberts. I'm sure that Dr Roberts will do a fine job, but, as Hartstein was Sid's right-hand man for much of the second half of his tenure, it seemed a bit too hasty to lever him from his job so soon after Sid's passing.