FIA not renewing F1 doctor Hartstein’s contract

(L to R): Gary Harstein (USA) FIA Doctor and Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) CEO Formula One Group (FOM). Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday 12 May 2012.Nov.15 (GMM) Formula One is replacing its chief doctor, Gary Hartstein, and he does not know why.

The 57-year-old American, who had worked alongside the late Sid Watkins since 1997, replaced the retiring Briton altogether in 2005.

Dr Hartstein wrote on Twitter: “Have just been informed that president of the FIA and president of FIA medical commission have decided not to renew my contract.

“Brazil will therefore be my 247th and last F1 grand prix. It’s been a life-changing experience and something I’ll never forget.”

He added: “Not sure about the ‘why’s’ of the decision, but not down to me to know.”

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  • Ian

    Dr Gary, your termination may have come from the FIA but you know very well who controls F1. You also know his main priority. . So, as Deep Throat said: Follow the money.