One minute of applause for Sid Watkins
20 September 2012 – F1 will stage one minute of applause in tribute to Professor Sid Watkins ahead of this Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix. The FIA safety innovator, who died last Wednesday at the age of 84, had been recruited by Bernie Ecclestone mid-way through 1978.
The remembrance will come shortly before the night race begins at 8pm local time, as the teams and drivers line up on the grid in Marina Bay.
Immediately after his death was announced, tributes for Watkins poured in from all corners of the globe, with drivers such as Rubens Barrichello thanking the Englishman for his work.
“It was Sid Watkins who saved my life at Imola in 1994,” the Brazilian said. “Great guy to be with, always happy...thanks for everything you have done for us drivers.”
Also in Singapore, F1 governing body the FIA will place a Book of Condolences in the paddock in which members of the fraternity will be able to leave messages.
Watkins retired from his full-time role in 2005, but his face became even more familiar as he played a main role in the Senna documentary of 2010. A close friend of the triple Champion, Watkins had tried in vain to save his life at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.