FORMULA ONE: Tributes have poured in for former medical delegate Sid Watkins who died on Tuesday night at the age of 84.
Watkins was the on-track surgeon for 26 years from 1978 through to 2004, with his crusade to improve medical facilities in F1 helping to dramatically cut the number of deaths and serious injuries in the sport.
Throughout his career in F1, s' actions helped save the lives of Northern Ireland's Martin Donnelly, Finland's double world champion Mika Hakkinen and Austrian Gerhard Berger, among others.
Confirming Watkins's passing, McLaren Group chairman and close friend Ron Dennis said: "Today the world of motor racing lost one of its true greats.
"No, he wasn't a driver. No, he wasn't an engineer. No, he wasn't a designer. He was a doctor and it's probably fair to say he did more than anyone, over many years, to make Formula One as safe as it is today.
"Many drivers and ex-drivers owe their lives to his careful and expert work, which resulted in the massive advances in safety levels that today's drivers possibly take for granted."
Ex-F1 driver Rubens Barrichello said: "It was Sid Watkins that saved my life in Imola 94.great guy to be with,always happy...tks for everything u have done for us drivers.RIP."
Bruno Senna, whose uncle and three-time world champion Ayrton was tended to by Watkins following his fatal crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, added: "RIP Prof. Sid Watkins. Sad news for us who stay behind."