FIA selects F1 doctor Hartstein's successor

(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.Jan.7 (GMM) The FIA has picked a successor to ousted Formula One doctor Gary Hartstein, although the name of the new doctor has not been revealed.

American Hartstein, groomed by the late Prof. Sid Watkins to succeed him in 2005, last month admitted that he was furious that the Jean Todt-led FIA had decided not to renew his contract.

“I might launch a crusade to get some answers, or get my f***ing job back, or let the world know what’s really going on on the medical side of the FIA,” he said on Twitter.

Switzerland’s Speed Week is now reporting that, according to sources in France, Hartstein’s successor has been selected.

“The name is still a secret,” read the report.

Speed Week added that “even a push by the F1 drivers in favour of the Belgian-domiciled American Hartstein was apparently fruitless”.

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