Otley driving instructor's FI role

Steve Stringwell will be keeping the Formula One stars in line

Steve Stringwell will be keeping the Formula One stars in line

First published in Sport Ilkley Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Weeklies Sports Editor

An Otley driving instructor will be keeping the world’s fastest drivers in line later this month.

Steve Stringwell will swap enforcing the Highway Code to his novice drivers for ensuring the stars of Formula One keep to the sport’s laws in the Indian Grand Prix.

Stringwell has been appointed as one of the three stewards for the race in Delhi on October 28.

He will be working alongside stewards from Germany and India with former world champion Alan Jones giving a driver’s perspective to any incidents in the race.

This is the second time that Stringwell has been a steward at a Formula One race.

He made his debut in the first race of the 2011 season in Melbourne.

“On that occasion we had to exclude the Sauber team for a technical infringement and we gave a ten second penalty to Jenson Button,” recalled Stringwell who is one of Britain’s most respected motorsports officials.

With the drivers’ championship reaching an exciting climax it is a good bet that the stewards will be kept busy in Delhi.

Stringwell said: “It is our job as stewards to ensure that there is a fair race.

“We have to divorce ourselves from what is happening in the championship and make our decision based upon the evidence we witness and the rules under which Formula One is run.

“It can be very high pressured but it is also very enjoyable and I am looking forward to visiting India for the first time.”

Before arriving in Delhi, Stringwell has another important motorsport engagement.

He is heading off to Barcelona next weekend for the final of the World Series Renault championship. Once that is over he will fly straight to India.

Earlier this year he travelled to Russia for the first time to be a steward in the Porsche Super Cup.

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