Sao Paulo Grand Prix track invasion, video, what happened, health and safety, Brazil, Interlagos, stewards investigations, FIA

Sao Paulo Grand Prix track invasion, video, what happened, health and safety, Brazil, Interlagos, stewards investigations, FIA

Formula 1 World Championship stewards have criticized Brazilian race organizers after fans were able to access the Interlagos circuit while cars were still on track at the end of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

Footage on board some of the cars reportedly shows fans breaching security lines and perimeter fences to reach the track in the closing stages of the event.

Video footage shared online by new Brazilian website Metrópoles shows some unruly spectators fighting security guards and climbing wire fences to run towards the start-finish straight.

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Stewards found that a “large group of spectators” were able to overcome the circuit’s security measures, which “were not enforced and/or were inadequate, resulting in an unsafe environment for spectators and drivers.”

The Sao Paulo Formula 1 Organization, the local organizing body, was summoned to a stewards’ hearing on Sunday evening to respond to the security breach.

“SPF1 frankly admitted failure with respect to safety protocols and procedures,” the supervisors said in their report. “The SPF1 Team agreed with the FIA ​​Sports Delegate and the Race Director’s report, agreeing that similar circumstances had already occurred in Brazil and that this was an unacceptable situation that could have led to serious consequences.

“SPF1 stated, in mitigation, that they will conduct a thorough investigation and take steps to remediate in time for the next event in Brazil.”

Stewards have asked organizers to submit a formal reform plan to the FIA ​​by the end of January.

They also referred the matter to the FIA ​​World Motor Sport Council, the FIA’s regulatory committee, for “further investigation to determine whether there are any additional steps that need to be taken or sanctions applied beyond the remediation plan.”

The stewards’ decision document is identical in many places to that issued to the Australian Grand Prix organization regarding a similar incident at this year’s Australian Grand Prix, when some fans broke through security barriers and entered the track via regulation access points. Others were seen climbing the fishing fence.

Track invasions have become an integral part of the Formula 1 spectacle on Sunday nights, with most circuits allowing fans to gather on the track below the podium after the grand prix.

The timing of forays is strictly controlled, with security instructed to keep fans behind the fences until full clearance has been obtained by race control, usually in the form of a practice car making the final lap of the circuit after the last competitor has withdrawn. In the pit lane.

    (tags for translation) FIA World Motor Sports Council 

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