Former Grand Prix driver and multiple Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro will make his second appearance on the FIA Stewards’ panel at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, the sport’s governing body has announced.
The Italian’s first appearance was at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, an appointment that prompted concern from several rivals who claimed that his nationality could lead him to be biased towards Ferrari, who were still in contention for the 2010 championship title.
Pirro, 49, contested 40 Grands Prix with Benetton and Scuderia Italia Dallara between 1989 and 1991 after serving a stint as McLaren’s test driver in 1988, where he developed the team’s all-conquering MP4/4 title winner.
Following hid F1 career, Pirro carved out a successful touring car career before moving into endurance racing, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours on four separate occasions.
Pirro will also officiate on the stewards’ panel at next weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix as well.
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