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Hill questions drivers role on stewards panel

Damon Hill questions if drivers should be involved in decision making on the FIA stewards panel at F1 events
Damon Hill has questioned the role of former drivers on the panel of FIA stewards at F1 events this season.

The 1996 champion took up the role for the Monaco Grand Prix – following the likes of Alain Prost, Alex Wurz and Tom Kristensen who joined the panel earlier in the season.

Hill was therefore left with the job of helping to rule on Michael Schumacher's late pass on Fernando Alonso during the race and the BRDC president admitted afterwards that he questioned whether or not it was right to have former drivers involved in the decision making process as opposed to simply acting as a consultant.

“It was a fascinating experience but I wonder whether it is right that drivers are put in the position of interpreting the regulations,” he told The Times. “I imagined I would be there as a consultant providing driver insight to the stewards, who would then make the decisions. My expertise is as a driver rather than a lawmaker or interpreter of regulations.

“Partly, of course, my discomfort was because I was called to make a ruling on an incident involving Michael. I acted entirely properly but I have already received some stinging e-mails accusing me of prejudice.”

Mercedes had initially announced it would appeal against the decision to hand Schumacher a 20 second penalty, which dropped him from sixth to twelfth in the result.

However, the team has since elected to drop that appeal.



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Cardinal

May 19, 2010 11:30 AM

Before all the trolls come on here spouting 'Damon Hill's revenge!' I just want to point out that Schumacher illegally punted Hill off the track to win the WDC. It was 15 years ago thereabouts. So if you think Hill has waited this long for revenge, and all he could come up with was a 20 second penalty, then you're even more retarded than you appear.

sam - Unregistered

May 19, 2010 11:50 AM

Richaard, there is NO WAY anyone that watched that incident properly could not see that Schumacher purposely turned into him, not as obvious as the Jaques punt off but CLEARLY there. I have seen many an interview after including many of Hills and they all said the same thing...the evidence is in the watching without any bias.



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