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2013-01-08 08:40

F1 MANAGEMENT SHAKE-UP NEEDED?: Jackie Stewart believes F1 to be poorly managed following how the FIA handled the post-seaon controversy stemming from the 2012 season finale in Brazil.

An FIA spokesman has rejected F1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart's claim that the sport is "disorganised and poorly managed".

Triple world champion Stewart said the post-season controversy over yellow flags in Brazil that for several days questioned Sebastian Vettel's latest title, was proof of the FIA's shortcomings.

'POOR MANAGEMENT'

Stewart said: "Was the judgement of yellow and green flags right or wrong in Brazil and why would that have to come up on a Wednesday or Thursday?

"That is a huge statement of a disorganised function that it should come up then. The whole world is celebrating a new world champion and then that happens on a Wednesday.  That is a poor declaration of management."

An FIA spokesman hit back: "It was not a lack of management as there was no case to answer. Race control did not refer this to stewards because it was not deemed to be an incident."

Stewart said the situation would be improved by replacing the system of rotating stewards at each grands prix and having at least "one man who goes to every race".

He also commented on the presidential style of Jean Todt, who since late 2009 has led the FIA in controversial predecessor Max Mosley's wake.

Stewart said: "I am surprised how silent Todt has been, I expected him to have more presence.

"I don't know whether he's biding his time.  I don't think he is by any means not smart so there must be a reason," he said.
 

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