North American racing veteran Adrián Fernández will make his debut as the Drivers’ Representative on the FIA Stewards panel at this weekend’s Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The 48-year-old Mexican has enjoyed a very successful motorsport career, which took off after he finished third in the Indy Lights Championship in 1992. He made his CART debut the following year, and over an eleven-year stint – the last few which were as a team owner – he racked up eight race wins and 21 podium finishes. His best championship result came in 2000, where he was runner-up. He moved to the  Indy Racing League (IRL) in 2004 with his eponymous Fernández Racing team, earning a further three wins on the all-oval series.

He made a switch to endurance racing in 2007, capping off a three-year stint as an owner/driver with his co-owned Lowe’s Fernández Racing team by winning the LMP2 class title in 2009.

Additionally, he finished second in the LMP2 class at the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans, and returned with Aston Martin’s team in 2010, finishing third in the LMGTE Pro class at the 2012 race at La Sarthe.

Fernández had previously served as Sergio Pérez’s manager in 2012-2013 (pictured above).

Meanwhile, the FIA has confirmed that the DRS zone placements for this weekend’s Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit will be the same as last year.

“The detection point of the first zone is at Turn 12 and the activation point is 752m before Turn 14. The second zone’s detection point is 35m before Turn 16, with activation occurring 98m after Turn 16,” its statement reads.

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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.