Mika Salo will make his first appearance on the FIA Stewards' panel

Former Grand Prix racer Mika Salo will make his maiden appearance on the FIA Stewards’ panel at this weekend’s European Grand Prix at Valencia.

The Finn, whose F1 career ended in 2002 with the Toyota F1 team, was a perennial midfielder since making his Grand Prix debut with Lotus in 1994.

Subsequent stints with Tyrrell, Arrows, BAR, Sauber and Toyota showed the odd flash of form, but it was a handful of races with Ferrari in 1999 (substituting for the injured Mika Salo, 1999Michael Schumacher) that gave F1 fans a glimpse of Salo’s talents.

He should have won the German GP had he not had to cede the win to title-aspirant team-mate Eddie Irvine. He consolidated this with further points at Belgium and another podium at Monza before Schumacher returned from his convalescence.

Post-F1, 45-year-old Salo has spent time in the GT racing scene as well as the occasional touring car outing.

“On my way to Valencia, different kind of job this weekend. [I’m the] steward in [the] F1 race, should be interesting,” he dryly observed on his Twitter feed.

The likes of Johnny Herbert, Emanuele Pirro, Tom Kristensen, Nigel Mansell and Martin Donnelly have taking turns offering their input in the Stewards’ decision-making at the previous Grands Prix this season.

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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.