Donnelly to act as Abu Dhabi steward
30 October 2013 – Martin Donnelly will be the driver steward at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend, it has been announced.
The Ulsterman was a star of junior racing categories in the 1980s before making his F1 debut with the Arrows team at the 1989 French GP at Paul Ricard, substituting for Derek Warwick. He qualified 14th and raced to a creditable 12th. He was subsequently offered a race drive at Lotus alongside Warwick for 1990 and started 12 races, recording a best finish of seventh at the Hungarian GP. However, his time at the pinnacle of the sport was cut short when, later in the season, a suspension failure caused a huge accident in practice for the Spanish GP at Jerez.
Despite the serious injuries he suffered, Donnelly recovered sufficiently to race competitively in national events.
He now runs the Donnelly Track Academy in Norfolk, England and has held a number of racing team management positions.
He last acted as a driver steward at the Canadian GP at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve earlier this season.