FIA Institute Honorary President Prof. Sid Watkins was honoured at the FIA Gala Awards with the FIA Academy Gold Medal for Motor Sport. The award is for an individual that, either through exceptional success, or outstanding effort, has made a substantial contribution to motor racing. Previous recipients include Sir Stirling Moss, Mario Andretti, Sir Jack Brabham, HSH Prince Rainier and Michael Schumacher.
Earlier in the week F1 medic Watkins stepped down as FIA Institute President after eight years in the role, marking his retirement from full-time involvement in motorsport after a career spanning 50 years.
Watkins, who revolutionised safety and medical standards in motorsport said: "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. 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."
Jean Todt, FIA President, said: "I would like to express my heart-felt thanks, emotion and warmth to Sid from everyone in the motor sport community and FIA family. 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."