BAKU, Azerbaijan — An investigation into the close to miss between Esteban Ocon’s Alpine automobile and a number of individuals gathering for the rostrum ceremony at Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix has prompted the FIA to take speedy steps to keep away from a repeat of the incident.
The governing physique expressed its “remorse” at what occurred and ensured the investigating stewards that adjustments to procedures can be made in time for the following race in Miami on Might 7.
The Alpine driver slowed to the pit lane velocity restrict of 80km/h on entry to the pits however mentioned he needed to sluggish additional as a mix of photographers, officers and onlookers darted out the way in which to keep away from being run over.
Ocon labelled the incident as “loopy,” including “it may have been a giant, massive one at this time.”
The stewards of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, who’re appointed by the FIA however act independently for causes of impartiality, investigated the incident instantly after the race.
“The stewards heard from the FIA representatives and decided that the related representatives took steps to arrange the parc ferme space and likewise permitted media and different personnel to collect within the begin of the pit lane and the pit wall over the last lap of the race, whereas the pit lane was open and earlier than the ultimate pit cease of Ocon (Automobile 31),” a stewards assertion mentioned.
“We famous that it was commonplace for the representatives to permit such individuals into the pit lane simply earlier than the tip of the race, within the common course of preparation for parc ferme and the rostrum ceremony. Nevertheless, in