Pirro to act as driver steward again
9 October 2013 – Emanuele Pirro will serve as driver steward again at the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend, the FIA confirmed on Wednesday.
The 51-year-old, who contested 38 F1 races from 1989 to 1991, also acted as driver steward in Korea last Sunday. It will be the eighth time he has taken up the role. Garry Connelly and José Abed will be the other two stewards.
Meanwhile, the FIA has confirmed that six relatively minor changes have been made to the Suzuka circuit since last year.
*The artificial grass around the outside of Turn One now starts approximately 50m earlier, replacing a damaged verge;
*The verge on the left in Turn 10 has been levelled and taken up to the tyre barrier and wall, which have also been raised;
*A new debris fence has been installed on the left between Turns Nine and 10;
*A new opening has been provided on the left in Turn 11. This allows a gravel recovery vehicle to be positioned there instead of a large crane;
*The verge on the right approaching Turn 13 has been laid with a one-metre wide strip of artificial grass, replacing a verge prone to erosion;
*The last part of the tyre barrier around the outside of Turn 14 has been extended right, to the end of the guardrail.