Formula 1 teams will be able to put forward judges to sit on FIA International Court of Appeal hearings next year. The existing elected ICA judges will continue to form the majority of panels, but appeals will now also be heard by what the FIA describes as "co-opted judges."
"From the start of the 2010 Formula 1 season, in agreement with the FIA and the teams, it has been decided to 'co-opt' judges proposed by F1 teams to rule upon hearings relating to F1," said an FIA statement. "These appeals will be heard by a panel comprised of the ICA's existing elected membership plus these 'co-opted' judges."
The FIA said the move was being made partly to increase confidence in the ICA's decision. "The ICA has taken this step to add to the existing reserve of knowledge and expertise, to allow for broader participation in the workings of the ICA, and to further enhance transparency and public confidence in the workings of the ICA."
It added that the teams' proposed judges would have to "adhere to identical standards of independence and impartiality" as the elected ICA judges.