Stewart slams Formula 1 stewards' system
8 January 2013 – Sir Jackie Stewart has hit out at the current Formula 1 stewards' system, explaining that more consistency is required on the panel. Introduced in 2010, the current structure sees a rotating driver steward placed alongside two FIA-chosen judges, but the triple World Champion says a dedicated professional should attend every race.
"How can you possibly have four [sic. three] different stewards at every Grand Prix? Why have you not got one professional?" Stewart is quoted as saying by City A.M., arguing that there should be "one man who goes to every race who is going to make consistent judgements and has got authority."
Stewart went on to discuss the controversy surrounding last year's final race in Brazil, with Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel accused of completing an overtaking maneuver under yellow flags. The situation, which spread through the following week, displayed a 'disorganised function' in the Scotsman's eyes.
"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 said of the furor. "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."