F1 to change procedures after lucky escape

A major oversight by FIA officials nearly led to tragedy right at the end of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, as last man to pit, Esteban Ocon, narrowly avoiding running over around 20 people that were allowed to cross the entry of the pit lane, on their way to the pit wall or a photographer’s stand place in front of the podium. While noting, “that it was not unusual for the representatives to allow such persons into the pit lane just before the end of the race, in the usual course of preparation for parc ferme and the Podium ceremony”, the Stewards made it clear that, “in this case, there was one driver that had to pit in the last lap and this created a very dangerous situation for those that were in the pit lane at the time.”.

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