Professor Sid Watkins, who played a key role in improving safety in Formula One, has been awarded the FIA Academy Gold Medal for Motor Sport at the annual FIA prize-giving gala in Delhi.

The award is given to an individual that, 'either through exceptional success, or outstanding effort, has made a substantial contribution to motor racing'.

Watkins, the honourary president of the FIA Institute, follows Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jack Brabham and Michael Schumacher in taking the award.

"I'm very proud of the safety developments that have been achieved not just in Formula One but across all levels of motor sport through the work of the FIA and FIA Institute," he said. "It is an honour to have been awarded the FIA Gold Medal and to be mentioned amongst those great names and I'd like to thank the FIA Academy for acknowledging my small part in racing history."

FIA president Jean Todt meanwhile praised Watkins for his work.

"I would like to express my heart-felt thanks, emotion and warmth to Sid from everyone in the motor sport community and FIA family," he said. "This FIA Academy Gold Medal for Motor Sport is in recognition of his outstanding achievements in motor sport and safety throughout a 50-year career."



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