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4.0 out of 5 stars Lifesaver, 17 Sep 2012
This review is from: Life At The Limit: Triumph and Tragedy in Formula One (Kindle Edition)
Sid Watkins helped turn Formula 1 from the deadly sport it was in the 1960s and 1970s into the sport it is today. It's still dangerous and every driver faces risks in every race, but they are now supported by a high-tech, no-expense-spared medical system. The creation of that medical system owes much to Watkins, a neurosurgeon who oversaw purpose-built medical centres at each track, helicopter transport and rapid-response medical cars. In this book, we read about some of the stories behind Watkin's F1 career and some of the accidents where he saved lives, as well as some of those in which he did not. The chapters where Watkins describes his favourite/least favourite tracks and the drivers who raced in the 70s/80/90s feel like padding, but otherwise this is an excellent insight into the transformation of Formula 1 racing.
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