Germany’s Passauer Neue Presse is reporting that Alexander Wurz will become the fourth ex-driver to fulfil a rotating guest role on the Race Stewards’ panel at the upcoming Chinese Grand Prix next weekend.

Alexander Wurz

Wurz’s last competitive F1 outing was with Williams in 2007, having also represented Benetton, McLaren and Honda. He now competes in sports car racing and won the 2009 Le Mans 24 Hours driving for Peugeot.

The excellent scheme was brought in by new FIA President Jean Todt in a bid to bring about greater transparency and consistency in the Stewards’ decision-making relating to in-track incidents.

So far, Alain Prost (Belgium), Tom Kristensen (Australia) and Johnny Herbert (Malaysia) have fulfilled the role.

Other ex-drivers touted as future candidates for the position include Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Heinz-Harald Frentzen.

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