At every Grand Prix meeting there are seven key race
officials who monitor and control the activities of the stewards and
marshals to ensure the smooth and safe running of the event in
accordance with FIA regulations.
Five of the seven officials are
nominated by the FIA. These are the race director (currently Charlie
Whiting), a permanent starter and three additional stewards, one of whom
is nominated chairman. The additional stewards must be FIA Super
The other two key officials are nominated by the
National Sporting Authority (ASN) of the country holding the race.
These are the clerk of the course and an additional steward (who must be
a national of the host nation). Both must be FIA Super Licence holders.
clerk of the course works in consultation with the race director, who
has overriding authority. The race director directs the clerk of the
course on how to instruct the stewards during the various practice,
qualifying and race sessions.
The race director and the clerk of
the course, as well as the FIA technical delegate (currently Jo Bauer),
must all be present at the event from 10am on Thursday (Wednesday in
The race director, the clerk of the course and
the chairman of the stewards must all be in radio contact while cars are
on track. Furthermore, at these times the clerk of the course must be
in the race-control headquarters and in radio contact with all of the