Teams asked to pay for new GPS system

Stewards decisions over the course of a Grand Prix weekend will be given greater clarity this year with the introduction of an ultra-sensitive GPS system which will help track the position of each car to within one metre.

This latest technology will be of great assistance to the race stewards, who have repeatably come underfire for some of their rulings.  The new system will aim to assist in the policing of such offences as chicane cutting and ignoring flags.

However the system is thought to be costly, with Auto Motor und Sport reporting that the FIA has asked each of the thirteen teams to pay for its installation at a  rumoured total cost of €750,000.

The introduction of this new GPS system follows a thorough reform of the stewards’ office with former Grand Prix drivers being invited to join a smaller permanent group of stewards at each Grand Prix.