The three-time Grand Prix winner – who drove for Benetton, Lotus, Ligier, Sauber, Stewart and Jaguar between 1989 and 2000, picking up three wins – was on the stewards panel three times last year at the Malaysian, Turkish and Brazilian Grands Prix.
The FIA introduced an excellent policy last year to appoint a former racing driver on the stewards’ panel at every Grand Prix to bring about greater consistency in adjudicating on-track incidents. The system saw former drivers such as Alain Prost, Derek Warwick, Emanuele Pirro, Danny Sullivan, Alex Wurz, Damon Hill, Nigel Mansell and Alan Jones take turns on the panel.
It is not yet published as to whom will be officiating at this year’s events, although Alan Jones and Derek Warwick have both told Richard’s F1 they will be back again in 2011, while former Williams driver Derek Daly recently announced he will be on the panel at the Italian Grand Prix.
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