Former F1 pilot Johnny Herbert will join the Race Stewards panel at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, the FIA has confirmed.

Johnny Herbert

The new-for-2010 rule – which we’re certainly big fans of! – introduced by new FIA President Jean Todt has seen ex-racing drivers join the FIA Race Stewards Panel to bring about greater consistency and transparency in adjudication of on-track incidents.

Alain Prost (Bahrain) and Tom Kristensen (Australia) have fulfilled the same role in the opening two rounds of the World Championship season.

Herbert, a veteran of over 160 Grand Prix starts for the likes of Benetton, Lotus and Sauber, will head to Sepang, the scene of his final Formula 1 outing with Jaguar in the 2000 season.

While many will remember Johnny for the shocking Brands Hatch accident he suffered in Formula 3000 which nearly cost him his feet, he will also be remembered for incredibly cheerful disposition and three excellent race victories at Silverstone, Italy (both in 1995 with Benetton, pictured) and the Nurburgring (1999, with Stewart Grand Prix).

[Image via GP Update]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.