Memorial service held for Sid Watkins
18 January 2013 – The planned memorial service to celebrate the life and work of the late Professor Sid Watkins, Formula 1's chief doctor from the 1978 season through to the end of 2005, was held in London on Friday morning, with around 200 people in attendance.
Beginning at 11.30am, a variety of F1 and medical figures arrived at the Marylebone Parish Church to pay their respects. Those who made the journey included FIA President Jean Todt, World Champions Damon Hill and Jody Scheckter, plus Watkins's original successor, Gary Hartstein, who has now reluctantly left the sport.
Watkins initiated his motorsport career back in the 1960s, being signed as F1's medical chief by Bernie Ecclestone in 1978. The renowned neurosurgeon retired from the role in 2005, later becoming the President of the FIA Institute, a position he held until 8 December 2011. He passed away, at the age of 84, in September of last year.