Herbert backs heavily criticised stewards
14 January 2013 – Johnny Herbert has leapt to the defence of Formula 1's stewards, disagreeing with Sir Jackie Stewart who recently described the system as disorganised. The triple World Champion has called for a permanent driver steward in a bid to improve consistency, but Herbert says more credit should be given to the panel.
"Consistency is always a good thing yes, but I think overall it has been pretty consistent personally," Herbert told Sky Sports. "Yes, there are always going to be a few issues you don't agree with personally but overall I think it has worked very well."
Herbert also believes the addition of a driver steward, although rotated on a race-by-race basis by governing body the FIA, has 'done a lot of good' for overall decision-making process.
"I think it does a lot of good," said Herbert. "There are a lot of stewards - and it is not their fault - that have never been behind a steering wheel. And there are certain situations that a driver can explain and I have had it when I have been there where I say 'I think he is going to say this,' and they come in and that is what they say.
"So it gives them a little bit of confidence that the penalty or not issuing a penalty is the right thing to do."
Herbert has served as the FIA driver steward on numerous occasions since its introduction for the 2010 season. Last year, he held the role in Australia and Malaysia.