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.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.
Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.
“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”
Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.
But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.
Monday was IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti’s 53rd birthday and son Marco was nowhere to be found – but with good reason.
The younger Andretti and Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay were both testing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio.
Also taking part in the test was Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s James Hinchcliffe.
It was Hinchcliffe’s second successful test since recovering from his horrific crash during practice for this year’s Indianapolis 500 in May.
Hinchcliffe’s first test was last week at Road America in Wisconsin.
Monday’s test session was not open to the public or media, but a Honda source told Motorsportstalk that drivers and teams reportedly focused on testing aerodynamics for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.