Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

At the age of 83 and after 50 years of work with motor sports, Professor Sid Watkins has retired from his position as President of the FIA Institute, which was established in October 2004. He has been succeeded by Prof Gerard Saillant, the former Deputy President. Prof Saillant is, in turn, succeeded as Deputy President by Mr Gary Connelly, previously an executive committee member.

To mark Prof Watkins’ massive contributions to motorsport, he was recently awarded the FIA Academy Gold Medal, had a bronze bust presented to him at the FIA AGM in New Dehli and was elected as the first Honorary President of the FIA Institute. For a review of his motor sports career and inputs, read the FIA Institute tribute here: