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BEYOND THE GRID: Driver Steward Emanuele Pirro on his F1 battles, 5 Le Mans wins and THAT Vettel penalty

To investigate controversial F1 incidents as an FIA Driver Steward, you need an impressive racing career behind you. Emanuele Pirro – guest on the latest episode of Beyond The Grid – definitely ticks that box.

The Italian raced for Benetton while also helping to develop Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna’s mighty McLaren Honda MP4/4 in the 1980s. Later, he battled soaking conditions at the infamous 1991 Australian GP and went on to win the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours on five occasions.

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Pirro has enjoyed an incredible career, and has great stories to tell. Why did he reject Ferrari? Why did Riccardo Patrese hit him on the helmet after his final Grand Prix?

But now, he’s an FIA Driver Steward – deciding if drivers deserve reprimands, penalties, points and fines for on-track transgressions – and was part of the stewards team that gave Sebastian Vettel a five-second penalty that cost him the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix win, and effectively gave then-rival Lewis Hamilton the spoils.

In the episode, Pirro discusses the fallout from the race-changing penalty and gives us an insight into the workings of the stewards’ room. Listen to Beyond The Grid in the player above, or via this link.

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