met Johnny Herbert at last weekend's Austrlian Grand Prix

Johnny Herbert will remain on the FIA Stewards’ panel at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, having fulfilled the role at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix last weekend.

Last year, the three-time race winner acted as the ‘drivers’ representative’ on the officiating panel at the Australian and Indian Grands Prix.

The FIA instituted a policy of utilising the experience of former racing drivers on a rotating basis to serve on the FIA Stewards’ panel at each Grand Prix since the start of the 2010 season.

Former drivers used have included former World Champions, such as Damon Hill, Alan Jones, Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell, as well as former F1 pilots Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Alexander Wurz, Danny Sullivan, Derek Warwick and Emanuele Pirro.

This policy has proven to be an extremely popular decision with drivers and teams since its inception at the behest of FIA President Jean Todt, and the policy has since been picked by the IndyCar Series and the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.