Nigel Mansell has revealed that he could be the third former Formula 1 World Champion to agree to assist the FIA-appointed stewards at grands prix during 2010.
The 1992 title winner told the BBC that he had been in talks with the governing body following a new innovation for this year to get retired F1 drivers to give an authoritative opinion on incidents and penalties.
Mansell's former teammate Damon Hill has already confirmed that he will assume the role at two races, while another of Mansell's stablemates – Alain Prost – is in the role for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.
"I can honestly say that we've had a phone call, we've had a chat with the FIA," he said. "I think it is a marvelous idea what they are doing because if they can get World Champions as a fourth steward, if there is a coming together they can give their input.
"Obviously, then the other stewards can interpret the rules and deem what the final penalty will be but I just think it's very smart to give it more credibility. Past World Champions are in a position to do that, and all credit to the FIA and everybody thinking about it."