F1 » Stewart attacks 'disorganised' FIA stewarding

Sir Jackie Stewart has blasted the 'disorganised' race management of FIA race officials, with his sights especially set on the controversy that followed the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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SP - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 12:43 PM

Why can there not be a permanent squad of professionally trained stewards, from which are selected those for each race? Football has professional officials - surely motorsport at the highest levels should have the same (not just F1).


January 10, 2013 12:50 PM

Its so easy to run your mouth from the sidelines. And if he thinks the Mosley era was a good time, he has a total screw loose. Max was half the cancer that F1 needed to get rid of. The other half of the cancer is nearing his end.


January 10, 2013 12:52 PM

sp. unfortunately the football proffessionals are not constant for all the matches, and that is the problem. there are 19 or 20 races during the year, and it should be possible for a bank of say 6 stewards to attend most if not all of the races, even if it means paying them for their input.

currently, the existing habit of choosing stewards from wherever means that decisions will vary widely. and dont forget, even the football refs do not always get it right.

Caroline - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 2:13 PM


There is, strangely enough the only people who have no stewarding training are the ex-drivers, who (up until now), have all refused put in the required time and effort to get qualified.

Nikeros - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 3:18 PM

There is certainly enough money floating around Formula One to have a group of stewards who travel with the circus. It would be an easy way to guarantee some consistency which is sorely lacking these days.

Mark _

January 10, 2013 4:07 PM

A lot of the penalties these days are judgement calls. Unless it is black and white such as speeding in the pits or crossing the white line at pit exit people are going to judge infractions differently. In baseball the umpires get a reputation for the way that they call pitches. An individual can be consistent in what they call but they do not all call things the same way.

SLB415 - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 4:12 PM

I think the spokesperson from the FIA is spot on, there was no incident. The marshals, flags and lights all worked as they should. Ferrari weren't even confident enough to lodge a proper appeal, they were 'fishing' at best and it smacked of sour grapes. As for any inconsistencies then that is down to the stewards and race control, not the marshals, two very different areas.

BT33 - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 9:10 PM

I like Jacky but in his time thre were on onboard monitoring and TV footage. Everybody has different opinion of incidents you only need to read Crash comments - like all sports the teams have to accept the final stewards decision and they can't please everybody.

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