Eight-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen will join the race stewards at this weekend’s Australian GP in a drivers’ advisory role, it was announced today.

The Dane, who retired from the DTM at the end of last season, takes over from the role Alain Prost assumed at the season-opening Bahrain GP.

The move to involve ex-drivers in the stewards’ panel is part of a brilliant initiative raised by new FIA President Jean Todt, who believes that the inclusion of former drivers on the stewards’ panel will bring greater transparency to their decision-making.

Former F1 drivers Damon Hill, Nigel Mansell, Alexander Wurz, Johnny Herbert and Heinz-Harald Frentzen have all been contacted by the FIA regarding appointment in the same capacity at future Grands Prix this season.

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