Race director Charlie Whiting has rejected claims the FIA’s practice of rotating the stewards between race weekends leads to inconsistent decision-making.
Quizzed by journalists on whether the practice of bringing different stewards to each race led to similar incidents being treated differently, Whiting said “needless to say I disagree”.
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“But when you examine them more carefully, you must remember also that the stewards have an enormous amount of images available to them, data, all manner of things available to them which you don’t see.”
“So it’s easy to say that decisions are made inconsistently but more often than not in my opinion when you look into it in detail you find that incident A wasn’t the same as incident B, they have small differences, and that’s where I think further explanation is sometimes needed.”
Sergio Perez accused the stewards of “inconsistency” when he was penalised for failing to slow sufficiently due to yellow flags in Singapore. Daniil Kvyat also charged the stewards with inconsistency after he was penalised for an incident with Romain Grosjean during the Mexican Grand Prix.
Formula One previously had a position of permanent steward which was abolished at the end of 2009. The practice of using former racing drivers as stewards began the following year.