WTCC boss backs return of driving standards adviser

WTCC promoter Francois Ribeiro believes that the return of an experienced driving standards adviser to the stewarding panel will be good for the championship.

WTCC boss backs return of driving standards adviser
François Ribeiro, Eurosport Motorsport Director
Norbert Michelisz, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC
James Thompson, All-Inkl Motorsport, Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1
Yvan Muller, Citroën World Touring Car Team, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC
Rob Huff, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC
Rob Huff, Honda Racing Team JAS, Honda Civic WTCC

This comes after former champion Rob Huff's commented at the Hungaroring, when the Honda driver received a penalty after contact with Citroen's Yvan Muller.

Muller himself backed the suggestion by his rival and added that he believed it would have made no difference to Huff, as his penalty was still warranted.

In the meantime, the head of Eurosport Events, Ribeiro, has also come out in favour of the position. "The driving standards adviser is a good idea," said Ribeiro.

"FIA-sanctioned championships such as Formula 1 and the World Endurance Championship have it, so does Formula 3.

"That's something the FIA needs to look at, it's not the promoter's responsibility. The question is who to appoint in that position," he adds.

"The person needs to be available for the entire championship, so he can have track record of what happens between the drivers during a season," the Frenchman started.

"He needs to have a very long touring car experience, not single-seaters; and his experience needs to be not too fresh, because if he had any conflicts with the rest of the field, then he might not be too objective. Like I said, though, it's an FIA decision."

The last driver to regularly fill the position was 1989 and 1995 BTCC champion John Cleland in 2013, though a number of other drivers also took on the role between 2012 and 2013.

Pietro Casillo / TouringCarTimes

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