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Gunther Steiner thinks F1 needs a panel of permanent race stewards. Currently, the stewards panel changes at every race, and Haas team boss Steiner thinks that is why so many recent decisions have been so controversial.

“Every time, decisions are being made differently and this sometimes hurts the small teams more,” he told Speed Week.

“In my view, the way out of this is to appoint permanent stewards who really know their business,” Steiner added.

He said he has already had some talks with F1 race director Charlie Whiting.

But Whiting seems unconvinced.

“We are discussing this all the time,” Whiting said, “but we believe that the appointment of four permanent stewards for the whole year will only lead to many new questions.

“I do not want to go into details, but at the moment we consider our direction to be more reasonable,” the top FIA official added.

In the early nineties a permanent steward was used for a brief period. Lotus F1 team boss Peter Warr held the position but it was considered his friendship with former Lotus driver Ayrton Senna was detrimental to the job.

Former FIA President Max Mosley commented about permanent steward: “We tried a permanent steward early in my time as FIA president and the feeling was that there was just too much intimacy between him and the teams.”

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