An analysis of the stewards' decisions

An analysis of the stewards' decisions

The FIA's stewards have been in the spotlight this year, and the European GP controversy brought them to people's attention even more. Dieter Rencken takes a closer look at their decisions

Not a good record, is it? Four consecutive grands prix, and (at least) seven controversial stewarding decisions. Add in Lewis Hamilton's escape after blatantly weaving – for whatever stated reason - in Malaysia, and the number spirals up to eight or more. However, worse than these bare statistics are the seeming consistencies in the handling and judging of incidents, with a distinct lack of explanations for the decisions - despite the FIA having undertaken to provide same – further compounding the situation.

The most recent run of controversial decisions started in Monaco after Michael Schumacher nipped past Fernando Alonso under a safety car. This resulted in the FIA first issuing a clarification, then forwarding an amendment to the regulations to its World Motor Sport Council for ratification.

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