Two time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk believes the Formula One should follow the lead of the Verizon IndyCar Series by employing a permanent panel of stewards who travel to each race which would enable consistent stewarding decisions.
At present Formula One employs different driver stewards for each race on the calendar an Luyendyk, who is part of the three man Verizon IndyCar Series stewarding panel.
In the United States Grand Prix two weeks ago, Max Verstappen was handed a five second post race time penalty for putting all four wheels off the track as he overtook Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen for the final place on the podium which resulted in the Iceman being awarded the podium finish.
The decision caused controversy throughout the sport with Max Verstappen fans issuing death threats to former Formula One driver Mika Salo who is a driver steward.
Luyendyk along with Dan Davis and Max Papis travel to every race on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule and review all the on track action. Luyendyk believes that Formula One need to this and have a panel who know the rule-book inside out and not only that but by being permanent they know each driver individually.