Former F1 driver and five-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Emanuele Pirro will make his Emanuele Pirro (image via The Cahier Archive)inaugural appearance on the FIA stewards’ panel for this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Italian, 48, contested 40 Grands Prix between 1989-91 with Benetton and Scuderia Italia after serving a sting as McLaren’s test driver in 1988. His best finish was a fifth-placed result at the rain-soaked 1989 Australian Grand Prix.

After leaving Formula 1, Pirro achieved considerable success in touring cars and sports cars (principally with Audi), winning the Italian touring Car Championship twice between 1994-5 and the American Le Mans Series title in 2001 and 2005.

A five-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours, he picked up a hat-trick of wins in 2000-2, and a further two wins in 2006-7 – among those being the first win for a diesel-powered car.

[Original image via The Cahier Archive]

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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.