• 2010 season

Warwick, Mansell, Fittipaldi, Hill to be next F1 stewards

ESPNF1 Staff
April 15, 2010 « Schumacher still eyeing title | »
Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill will be stewards at upcoming races © Sutton Images

Derek Warwick, Nigel Mansell and Emerson Fittipaldi are being lined up to act as the fourth F1 stewards at forthcoming grands prix.

FIA president Jean Todt's new initiative is to have a well-known and experienced former driver advising the three conventional stewards as they make their decisions at races this year. Alain Prost kicked off his duties in Bahrain, and it now emerges that the quadruple world champion is lined up to return in Turkey late next month.

Former Williams driver Alex Wurz is on duty this weekend in China, before the British veteran of 162 grands prix, Derek Warwick, takes over for the start of the European season in Spain. Damon Hill, whose father Graham Hill won the prestigious event five times in the 1960s, will join the stewards in Monaco. Hill insists his past troubles with Michael Schumacher will not affect his ability to judge impartially.

"There are more important things than individual relationships," he said. "The important thing is the sport, and that the sport has got credibility."

It is believed that double world champion Emerson Fittipaldi will preside at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and that Nigel Mansell could be the steward at his beloved Silverstone.