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Stewart slates ‘disorganised’ stewarding

2013-01-10 11:06:51

Jackie Stewart has hit out at F1, saying there needs to be more consistency as highlighted by the “disorganised function” at the title decider…

Sir Jackie Stewart has hit out at Formula One, saying there needs to be more consistency as highlighted by the “disorganised function” at the title decider

Stewart slates ‘disorganised’ stewarding

Days after Sebastian Vettel was crowned the 2012 World Champion, questions were raised about whether or not he had overtaken another car under yellow flags in Brazil.

The Red Bull racer’s move was eventually deemed legal but only after days of headlines that cast a shadow over the sport.

“Was the judgement of yellow and green flags right or wrong in Brazil and why would that have to come up on a Wednesday or Thursday?” Stewart told City A.M.

“That is a huge statement of a disorganised function that it should come up then.

“The whole world is celebrating a new World Champion and then that happens on a Wednesday. That is a poor declaration of management.”

Stewart believes one of the problems is Formula One’s stewards’ policy and - not for the first time - has called for the sport to have at least one permanent steward.

“How can you possibly have four different stewards at every grand prix? Why have you not got one professional?”

The triple World Champion says the solution is for “one man who goes to every race who is going to make consistent judgements and has got authority.”

That, though, was not his only gripe as Stewart called for FIA President Jean Todt, who has been in the job since taking over from Max Mosley in 2009, to take a more hands on role.

“I am surprised how silent Todt has been. I expected him to have more presence. I don’t know whether he’s biding his time. I don’t think he is by any means not smart so there must be a reason.”

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