Exclusive interview with steward Derek Warwick

Exclusive interview with steward Derek Warwick

13 November 2012 – Derek Warwick thoroughly enjoys the role of steward, but in Abu Dhabi was tasked with one of the most important decisions of the 2012 F1 season. Talking exclusively with GPUpdate.net, the former driver explains the situation leading to Sebastian Vettel’s qualifying disqualification. Plus, a rumour is ironed out…

Since the start of 2010, a driver has always been one member of the FIA steward panel. Having taken up the role on several occasions, it was Warwick adjudicating when Michael Schumacher forced Rubens Barrichello towards the wall at that year’s Hungarian Grand Prix. He was again the judge when Red Bull was almost banned from starting this season’s race at Hockenheim. It’s unlikely, though, that a call as crucial as that of Yas Marina will have to be made again any time soon.

Derek, Abu Dhabi gave us all sorts of thrills and spills. Let’s start with Sergio Pérez. He received a penalty for forcing Paul di Resta onto the grass before rejoining into the path of Romain Grosjean. Do you subscribe to the feeling that the Mexican is feeling the pressure of a McLaren contract?
First off, I believe the penalty was correct…you cannot drive off the circuit and then come back on and take out another competitor. I think he has lost a bit of concentration with his future sorted and having signed for a top team. He’s probably not used to so many journalists being interested in him - but it’s something he will have to get used to, I’m afraid.

Is it fair to point out that Grosjean was not guilty, on this occasion, for his incidents with Nico Rosberg and, as we mentioned, Pérez?
Yes, definitely. He was an innocent party.

Kimi Räikkönen won the race following Lewis Hamilton’s retirement. The reaction was typical Kimi, but could he have shown more enthusiasm?
Naa…Kimi is Kimi and we love him for it. Maybe he’s cleverer than we give him credit for; he’s found a niche in the market that some people love. Why should he just be someone you want him to be?

Okay…Red Bull. Firstly, it took the stewards four and a half hours to reach a decision on Saturday night. Why was there such a delay?
We had so much data to go through which I wasn’t happy with, they then brought us more data - which was okay - but it meant that time just disappeared. It’s better to make the right decision than rushing the wrong one.

You took the words out of my mouth. It was surely better to reach the right decision, even if that did mean some members of the press were annoyed…
If the journalists and general public could see what the stewards do, they might get a little more credibility…

…it’s not as simple as a yellow card in football, is it?
Correct.

There was a feeling going around the paddock that the decision had been delayed because Charlie (Whiting, FIA delegate) was eating dinner – is that true?!
Absolute rubbish! Charlie never gets directly involved with any decisions…we sometimes ask for his take on something we might be a little unsure about, but I can assure you that the stewards are totally in control and independent.

Do you feel Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull and Renault were fully cooperative?
I think the team sometimes over think things and bring us too much information but, yes, Red Bull were fully cooperative.

Perhaps unlike Hockenheim, then? They pushed the limits there…
All F1 teams push the limits and I think we should give Red Bull credibility for pushing the limits. This is F1 and the cutting edge of technology, with the best engineers and drivers in the world by far. They will always find an edge if they can.

Now we move on for the final chapter in Austin and São Paulo. Remove the Derek Warwick steward badge and put on the fan cap - who’s your money on?
I would love the title to go down to the last lap in Brazil, but unfortunately the Ferrari is not quick enough so Red Bull and Seb will walk it.


Derek Warwick was talking with GPUpdate.net’s Gregory Haines

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Friday 24 February 2017

  2. 18:22

    New: Follow GPUpdate on Instagram!

    F1
  3. Ferrari confirms line-up for opening test 18:15

    Ferrari confirms line-up for opening test

    Ferrari has communicated its planned driver line-up for the opening pre-season test session at the Circuit de…

    F1
  4. Video: Räikkönen drives SF70-H at Fiorano 16:36

    Video: Räikkönen drives SF70-H at Fiorano

    Kimi Räikkönen gives his initial reaction after driving the SF70-H for the first time at Fiorano.

    F1
  5. Sauber confirms Giovinazzi for first test 15:58

    Sauber confirms Giovinazzi for first test

    Sauber has confirmed that Ferrari reserve Antonio Giovinazzi will drive in place of the injured Pascal Wehrlein during next…

    F1
  6. Ricciardo set to debut Red Bull RB13 15:05

    Ricciardo set to debut Red Bull RB13

    Red Bull has confirmed its driver schedule for next week's opening pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with…

    F1
  7. Video: Introducing the McLaren MCL32 14:02

    Video: Introducing the McLaren MCL32

    McLaren-Honda presents its car for the 2017 season, the MCL32, featuring an orange and black livery.

    F1
  8. In photos: Formula 1 designs of 2017 13:02

    In photos: Formula 1 designs of 2017

    Formula 1's 2017 cars are gradually being presented through 'launch week', in the build up to pre-season testing in Barcelona.…

    F1
  9. Video: Hamilton 360° onboard in W08 12:36

    Video: Hamilton 360° onboard in W08

    Lewis Hamilton commentates on a shortened 360° lap of Silverstone in Mercedes' new W08.

    F1
  10. Alonso wants 'respectable' 2017 display 12:29

    Alonso wants 'respectable' 2017 display

    Fernando Alonso has played down expectations of a sudden jump in performance from McLaren-Honda in 2017, stating that the aim is…

    F1
  11. Räikkönen racks up first laps in SF70-H 11:43

    Räikkönen racks up first laps in SF70-H

    Kimi Räikkönen has completed the first laps in Ferrari's new Formula 1 car, the SF70-H, after its formal launch on Friday…

    F1
  12. Video: Ferrari's SF70-H presentation 11:40

    Video: Ferrari's SF70-H presentation

    Watch the full presentation of the Ferrari SF70-H, the team's challenger for the 2017 Formula 1 season.

    F1
  13. Boullier: McLaren can 'turn the corner' 11:32

    Boullier: McLaren can 'turn the corner'

    McLaren-Honda Racing Director Eric Boullier is optimistic that the partnership can "turn the corner" in 2017, after it unveiled…

    F1
  14. McLaren goes orange with new MCL32 11:07

    McLaren goes orange with new MCL32

    McLaren-Honda has unveiled its new MCL32, which sports a striking orange and black colour scheme, after weeks of speculation…

    F1
  15. 10:55

    Follow McLaren's 2017 car launch live!

    F1
  16. Video: Ferrari adds stickers to new car 09:32

    Video: Ferrari adds stickers to new car

    Watch as sponsor logos and decals are applied to Ferrari's new Formula 1 car, the SF70-H.

    F1
  17. 08:54

    Photos: Ferrari presents 2017 challenger

    F1
  18. Ferrari reveals 2017 car, named SF70-H 08:50

    Ferrari reveals 2017 car, named SF70-H

    Ferrari has taken the wraps off its 2017 Formula 1 challenger, called the SF70-H, during an online launch at Fiorano, where it…

    F1
  19. 08:45

    Follow Ferrari's 2017 car launch live!

    F1
  20. Bottas thrilled by first Mercedes outing 08:14

    Bottas thrilled by first Mercedes outing

    Valtteri Bottas labelled an "amazing" first experience with Mercedes after he took to the track as part of a filming day at…

    F1
  21. Register for GPUpdate Manager 2017! 08:02

    Register for GPUpdate Manager 2017!

    Have you ever dreamed of owning a Formula 1 team with your ideal driver pairing and engine? GPUpdate.net readers can now sign up…

    F1
  22. Pirelli gets title sponsorship for three races 07:42

    Pirelli gets title sponsorship for three races

    Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli is to act as the title sponsor for three Grands Prix in 2017. Pirelli joined the sport in…

    F1
  23. Video of the Day: Mercedes W08 tech 05:38

    Video of the Day: Mercedes W08 tech

    Aldo Costa (Engineering chief) and Andy Cowell (Engine chief) talk about Mercedes' new W08.

    F1
  24. Thursday 23 February 2017

  25. Hinchcliffe and Wickens set for test swap 18:45

    Hinchcliffe and Wickens set for test swap

    Long-time friends James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens will sample each other's race machinery as part of a car swap across the…

    Indy
  26. Toro Rosso's STR12 runs at Misano 18:01

    Toro Rosso's STR12 runs at Misano

    Toro Rosso's STR12 has completed its first laps after the team carried out a filming day at Misano in Italy. Toro Rosso joins…

    F1
  27. Hamilton in 'positive place' with Mercedes 15:30

    Hamilton in 'positive place' with Mercedes

    Lewis Hamilton says he feels in a positive place with Mercedes off the back of a winter of reflection, which came after a tense…

    F1
  28. Mercedes confident amid suspension row 14:31

    Mercedes confident amid suspension row

    Toto Wolff says that Mercedes is "very confident and comfortable" over the legality of its suspension system, amid a row which…

    F1
  29. Pirelli to bring backup tyres to F1 testing 14:29

    Pirelli to bring backup tyres to F1 testing

    Pirelli's backup tyres will be available to teams and drivers during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya…

    F1
  30. Bottas completes first laps with Mercedes 14:14

    Bottas completes first laps with Mercedes

    New Mercedes recruit Valtteri Bottas has completed his first laps with the team as he sampled the W08 EQ Power+ during a filming…

    F1
  31. Video: Mercedes formally presents W08 13:32

    Video: Mercedes formally presents W08

    Mercedes unveils the W08, featuring comments from Toto Wolff, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

    F1
  32. Hamilton, Bottas to split each test day 13:09

    Hamilton, Bottas to split each test day

    Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will split running on each day of testing at the Circuit de…

    F1
  33. 11:23

    Photos: Mercedes' 2017 F1 car on-track

    F1
  34. Mercedes W08 hits track at Silverstone 11:15

    Mercedes W08 hits track at Silverstone

    Mercedes' new car, dubbed the F1 W08 EQ Power+, has broken cover at Silverstone, with Lewis Hamilton completing its first laps…

    F1
  35. Ericsson's initial impressions 'really good' 10:16

    Ericsson's initial impressions 'really good'

    Marcus Ericsson says he was encouraged by his first impression of the Sauber C36-Ferrari after carrying out a filming day at the…

    F1
  36. 09:08

    Overview: 2017 GP3 Series driver line-up

    GP3
  37. Hubert completes ART's GP3 line-up 09:04

    Hubert completes ART's GP3 line-up

    ART Grand Prix has completed its driver line-up for the 2017 GP3 campaign with the recruitment of Frenchman Anthoine…

    GP3
  38. Video: Daniel Ricciardo's 2017 helmet 09:02

    Video: Daniel Ricciardo's 2017 helmet

    Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo presents and talks about his helmet design for the 2017 season.

    F1
  39. Szafnauer: Force India full of 'true racers' 07:48

    Szafnauer: Force India full of 'true racers'

    Force India's growing success in Formula 1 is a result of it building a workforce of "true racers", according to Chief Operating…

    F1
  40. Video of the Day: Formula 1 paint job 05:36

    Video of the Day: Formula 1 paint job

    Mercedes' highly-skilled paint shop artists apply the finishing touches to the new F1 W08 Hybrid.

    F1
  41. Wednesday 22 February 2017

  42. Sauber conducts filming day in Barcelona 19:39

    Sauber conducts filming day in Barcelona

    Sauber has become the first team to run its 2017 Formula 1 challenger on-track, after the outfit conducted a filming day at the…

    F1
  43. 19:08

    Photos: Sauber C36 on track in Barcelona

    F1
more news