Formula 1: Kristensen supports FIA stewards

Formula 1: Tom Kristensen as steward advisor
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D he Dane is supposed to be the FIA ​​officials support in the assessment and evaluation of critical driving maneuvers and assess from the driver's point of view whether driving maneuvers comply with the driver code. In addition, Tom Kristensen supports the work of the FIA ​​Race Stewards and FIA Delegate Charlie Whiting in all safety issues.

Audi approves Kristensen

The 42- The year-old Dane only found out about his assignment in Australia at the very last second: 'FIA President Jean Todt called me last Sunday and asked if I could work as a technical advisor in Australia. I was just in Sebring, Florida, where Audi subjected the new sports prototype R15 TDI Plus to a test. Audi sports director Wolfgang Ullrich immediately gave me permission to fly to Melbourne. '

Kristensen welcomes the introduction of an expert advisor by the FIA. 'There are certainly FIA stewards who have also driven races themselves and can therefore put themselves in the position of the drivers very well. But it is also the case that experienced professional racing drivers who contest or have contested motorsport at the highest level themselves in controversial situations give the stewards a better sense of what is really going on in a cockpit from the driver's point of view. I have the impression that almost everyone in the Formula 1 paddock welcomes this support of the FIA ​​stewards by an experienced racing driver. '

Advisor in the service of safety

Kristensen, who is still suffering from an Achilles tendon injury sustained while playing badminton with his son in January, is said to be with the FIA - Support stewards especially in assessing critical driving maneuvers on the racetrack. However, Kristensen is also involved in general security issues.

So on Friday, at the suggestion of Charlie Whiting, the stewards decided to reduce the speed limit in the pit lane for qualifying and the race from 100 to 60 kilometers per hour. Kristensen suggests that this decision is sensible because the Melbourne pit lane has only one lane. Two lanes - including a so-called fast lane - are usually standard on permanent race tracks.

Because the non-permanent street courses like Melbourne mostly only have one lane due to the limited space, one must assume thatthat similar speed reductions for the pit lane will also follow at other city GPs such as Monaco.


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