MARCH 20, 2002
Stewards get more powers
These new powers will undoubtedly cause controversy at some point in the future.
The new rule takes effect immediately and is designed to stop drivers becoming involved in avoidable incidents. The problem which remains is that the stewards have to have sufficient credibility to inflict such penalties and at the moment some of the existing stewards are not held in the highest possible esteem by the competitors.
The FIA, however, argues that the new rule will be the same for everybody and so there should not be any controversy.