2013 F1 season
The practice of having an experience racing driver on the stewards’ panel, which F1 introduced in 2010, is to be expanded to other FIA championships.
Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok pressed for drivers to have a greater role in developing rules for racing series, noting examples of recent sticking points in other series: “For example, the qualifying format in [the World Endurance Championship] which is complicated and potentially dangerous as it requires two drivers to do two laps, or even the engine situation in Formula Three which is a bit messy, or the Formula Four situation.”
World champions Nigel Mansell and Emerson Fittipaldi were among the former Formula One drivers represented at the meeting along with Emanuele Pirro. There are no active F1 drivers on the commission.
Among the ten other driver representatives are multiple World Rally champions Sebastien Loeb and Marcus Gronholm and three-times World Touring Car champion Yvan Muller. Former Marussia test driver Maria de Villota, who lost her eye in a crash last year, is also on the panel.
Fittipaldi said the formation of a Drivers’ Commission was a “historic moment” for the FIA.
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