Formula 1's leading figures have paid tribute to former F1 medical chief Professor Sid Watkins, who died on Wednesday.
Watkins, who was 84, spent 26 years in his role – transforming safety standards in F1 and continuing his efforts as part of the FIA Institute even after he stood down from his full time position at the end of 2004.
The impact that Watkins had on the sport was never underestimated, and team directors and drivers were quick to pay their tributes to the great man:
FORMER MCLAREN TEAM BOSS RON DENNIS
"Today the world of motor racing lost one of its true greats: Professor Sid Watkins. 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 that he did more than anyone, over many years, to make Formula 1 as safe as it is today.
"As such, 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. But, more than that, Sid was a dear friend of mine, and I'll miss him bitterly.
"To his widow Susan, and to his family, I extend my sincerest condolences. He was a truly great man, and the world of motor racing simply won't be the same without him."
MARTIN BRUNDLE (VIA TWITTER)
Motorsport has lost a true visionary +character with death of Prof Sid Watkins, 84. Great man, funny too. Saved my left foot being amputated.
Sid W would often prescribe "a stiff whisky and aspirin" unless your leg was hanging off. His way of saying "just put up and get on with it."
Sid was the "go-to" man for health in motorsport. He helped, saved, or made more comfortable, numerous people who never sat in a racing car.
RUBENS BARRICHELLO (VIA TWITTER)
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
JENSON BUTTON (VIA TWITTER)
Rest in Peace Sid Watkins...motorsport wouldn't be what it is today without u. Thank you for all you've done, we as drivers are so grateful.
"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." ~Albert Einstein. RIP Professor Sid Watkins.
HEIKKI KOVALAINEN (VIA TWITTER)
Sad to hear professor Sid Watkins has past away, one of the true greats in motorsport. R.I.P
LEWIS HAMILTON (VIA TWITTER)
It's a sad day, with the loss of Professor Sid Watkins. Without his incredible contribution to the sport, our lives as drivers would be a risk. My condolences go out to his family.
Sid Watkins was one of the best men I have met in my life, totally selfless and the world has lost a great.