The Sao Paulo F1 Organisation, which promotes the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit, have admitted failings in the safety and security arrangements after a track invasion at the end of the race.
Representatives of SPF1 met with the stewards after today’s race and agreed they had failed to prevent spectators gaining access to the track. “SPF1 candidly admitted the failures in terms of the security protocols and safety measures,” the stewards noted.
They also observed this was not the first time such a problem had occurred at this event. “SPF1 concurred with the FIA sporting delegate and the race director report and agreed that comparable circumstances already occurred in Brazil and that this was an unacceptable situation which could have had disastrous consequences.
“SPF1 stated, in mitigation, that they would conduct a thorough investigation and take steps to remediate in time for the next event in Brazil.”
The stewards ruled the promoter had failed to adhere to Article 12.2.1.h of the 2023 FIA International Sporting Code which forbids “any unsafe act or failure to take reasonable measures, thus resulting in an unsafe situation.”
The promoter said it will investigate the security breach and “present a formal remediation plan” to the FIA no later than the end of January next year.
The stewards have also referred the matter to the FIA World Motor Sports Council for further investigation. “As this relates to serious issues around safety and security, the stewards hereby request the FIA to review and comment on whether the above mentioned steps are adequate to address the concerns raised and to state if any further measure(s) need to be taken, as soon as possible,” they added.
This weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix was attended by a record 267,000 spectators across its three days, an average of 89,000 per day. On Friday, Formula 1 announced it had extended its contract with the promoter to keep the race on the calendar until at least 2030.
In April, the Australian Grand Prix promoter was also found to have failed to prevent an unauthorised track invasion during its round of the world championship in Melbourne.
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