Experienced former F1 drivers will become part of a group of stewards at each grand prix in 2010, it was announced today following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Monaco.

A statement posted on the FIA's website read:

"A smaller permanent group of F1 Stewards will sit with experienced former F1 drivers to provide a permanent panel of three FIA stewards, together with one steward representing the National Sporting Authority, to deal with F1 at each Grand Prix.

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"There will no longer be a non-voting Chairman and each group of stewards will elect their own Chairman amongst themselves for each race.

"Utilising video and radio exchanges they should aim to reach decisions very efficiently. The current observer programme for F1 stewards will continue, and training, distribution of decisions, and an annual meeting will be encouraged to raise the quality of decisions in this permanent group."

Meanwhile, in a separate development, the WMSC confirmed that an FIA F1 Ambassador will attend each grand prix.

"An FIA F1 Ambassador will be appointed from the membership of the World Council for each event. The Ambassador will liaise with the National Sporting Authority (ASN) and organising team at the circuit," the FIA explained.

"He will also meet with the ASN President, FIA VIP guests, Formula One Management, F1 Teams and other stakeholders and act as an Ambassador of FIA sport."