FIA will not renew Hartstein's contract
14 November 2012 – Gary Hartstein, current FIA head doctor, has revealed that his contract will not be renewed at the end of the 2012 Formula 1 season. The well-respected 57-year-old has worked in the sport since the early 1990s and currently travels to every Grand Prix on the calendar, providing medical cover for all practice, qualifying and race sessions.
"Have just been informed that president of the FIA and president of FIA medical commission have decided not to renew my Formula 1 contract," Hartstein said via the social networking website Twitter. "Brazil will therefore be my 247th and last Formula 1 Grand Prix. It's been a life changing experience and something I'll never forget."
Of the reasons for the FIA's choice, which has not been officially announced, Hartstein added: "Not sure about the "why's" of the decision, but not down to me to know."