Luciano Burti, a Brazilian former F1 driver and author of an article about a power struggle at Red Bull Racing, has been appointed as a steward by the FIA for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
‣ Luciano Burti is listed as the ‘national steward’ during the Brazilian Grand Prix, which is noteworthy.
‣ Burti was the author of an article about a power struggle at Red Bull Racing, and the fact that he is given a role by the FIA is remarkable.
‣ Burti is a former F1 driver who competed for Jaguar and Prost in 2000 and 2001.
‣ Burti also holds a position as an F1 commentator for Brazilian TV Globo.
During the Brazilian Grand Prix, a familiar face was among the FIA stewards – Luciano Burti, listed as the ‘national steward’. This caught the attention of many, considering Burti’s recent involvement in the Red Bull power struggle rumors. In an article he wrote for O Globo, Burti spoke about Christian Horner’s alleged desire to part ways with Helmut Marko, a claim that Red Bull Racing has since denied. It is quite remarkable that someone who made such public statements would be given a role within the FIA.
Aside from his involvement in the power struggle rumors, Burti has an interesting background. He competed in Formula 1 for Jaguar and Prost in 2000 and 2001, taking part in a total of 15 races. While he didn’t score any points during his time in F1, he did achieve a best finish of eighth place. Following his racing career, Burti found success as an F1 commentator for Brazilian TV Globo. It seems that being a former driver and a prominent figure within the sport has earned him a position within the FIA.
For the weekend in Sao Paulo, Burti’s hometown, he assumed the role of ‘national steward’. This raised eyebrows due to his recent involvement in the Red Bull power struggle rumors. It is certainly interesting to see someone who publicly spoke about such internal team affairs appointed as a steward by the FIA. Only time will tell if Burti’s position within the FIA extends beyond this one race weekend.