The promoter of Formula 1’s Australian Grand Prix will undertake a review into a breach of its security protocols after the conclusion of the race.
Fans are allowed onto the track as part of the traditional post-race ceremonies but must do so per protocol.
Footage emerged of some fans climbing the fences, and of security lines having been breached, while cars were still circulating.
In addition, Haas driver Nico Hulkenberg came to a halt on the cooldown lap at the exit of Turn 2 due to a suspected engine issue.
The light on Hulkenberg’s VF-23 was flashing red, indicating it had a possible electrical discharge, and was therefore in an unsafe condition.
All of this, according to stewards, presented a significant danger to the spectators, race officials and drivers.
The promoter, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, ‘candidly admitted the failures in terms of safety measures’ and agreed with the FIA’s delegation that it was ‘an unacceptable situation that could have had disastrous consequences.’
The AGPC will carry out a comprehensive review of the early track breach and the situation concerning Hulkenberg’s car.
An overall review of the security measures will be conducted and the findings and recommendations will be made to the FIA.
The AGPC will also consult with Victoria Police on the matter and has asked to be given until the end of June to carry out the report.
Stewards have also formally referred the incident to the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council for further investigation to determine whether any additional steps are required beyond the remediation plan presented by the AGPC.