F1 medic Sid Watkins dies at 84

Updated: September 13, 2012, 2:31 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Sid Watkins, the former Formula One medical chief credited with saving the lives of several race drivers and introducing major safety improvements in the series, has died. He was 84.

Team officials and Watkins' family said the English neurosurgeon died on Wednesday, with an F1 statement describing him as a "safety pioneer."

Watkins, who tended to Ayrton Senna after the three-time champion's fatal crash at Imola in 1994, was at the forefront of F1 safety for 26 years ...

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