Allan McNish to be driver steward at Hungarian GP

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Allan McNish has confirmed that he will be the FIA’s driver steward for the Hungarian Grand Prix at the end of July.

In order to invoke more consistent and accurate decision-making, the FIA opted to place a former grand prix driver (or a driver with substantial credentials) on the stewards’ panel at each race, with the likes of Tom Kristensen and Derek Warwick having taken up the role in the past.

McNish, who has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times, revealed in an interview with Richland F1 that he would be taking up the role for the race at the Hungaroring next month.

“I’ve done it [stewarding] four or five times. I’m actually doing it in Budapest this year as I’ve cut it down to once this year for my timing,” McNish explained.

The Le Mans legend has a packed programme in 2013, balancing a campaign in the World Endurance Championship with a role as an analyst on the BBC’s Formula One coverage. However, he will cast his eye over an incidents at the Hungarian Grand Prix, with the stewards dealing with the protest over tiregate at the Monaco Grand Prix.

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.