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FIA names new F1 doctor

ESPN Staff
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Jean-Charles Piette remains the F1 Medical Delegate, to who Dr Ian Roberts must report © Sutton Images

The FIA has named Dr Ian Roberts as the new F1 doctor as a replacement for Dr Gary Hartstein.

Roberts' official title is FIA Formula One Medical Rescue Coordinator, and he will report to the FIA's permanent F1 Medical Delegate Jean-Charles Piette. Roberts' role will be to respond to on-track incidents via the medical car and supervise the local medical team, with Piette overseeing matters from race control.

Roberts has previously worked as the chief medical officer at Silverstone, which has led him to be the chief medical officer at the British Grand Prix for many years.

Hartstein's contract was not renewed at the end of the 2012 season, with Hartstein launching a stinging attack on the FIA via Twitter as he questioned the reasons for being replaced.