While all seemed fine on the track during the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix, there was absolute chaos behind the scenes. During the race, Sky Sports reporter, Ted Kravitz reported that there were fans trying to raid the track towards the end of the Grand Prix.
As the Brazilian Grand Prix was coming to an end, fans jumped the gun and tried to make their way onto the track. There was footage later of fans climbing the fence to make their way onto the track. Although there were security present at the scene, they were unable to contain the situation.
There were multiple fans who were trying to climb the fence. There was also a fan who brought a ladder. While this seems comical to some people, it was an absolute nightmare for the security who was present at the scene.
Ted Kravitz reports fans entered the track before the end of the Brazilian grand prix. This is apparently a video of the incident. pic.twitter.com/J1gqjPX0OW
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There is no doubt that the security present was not sufficient to stop the fans from raiding the track. There should have been more security personnel involved to stop fans. The security that was present was not enough mainly due to the number of fans that were trying to make their way onto the track. One of the fans even picked a fight with the security personnel.
The FIA has announced that they will launch a full investigation into what happened. With Formula 1 and the FIA trying to improve security measures, things like this cannot happen. Fans raiding the circuit is very dangerous for both the fans and the drivers. Following the investigation, the FIA and F1 will discuss and decide what other security measures to take to avoid such incidents.
Strange Brazilian GP incident with F1 spectators not the first time in 2023
This was not the first time fans have raided the track this season. During the 2023 Australian Grand Prix, as the race was coming to an end, fans raided the track. This was a similar track to what happened last week in Brazil.
Back when that incident occurred, the FIA once again launched an investigation to find out what could be done to prevent such a situation. If any action was taken to prevent it, it didn’t seem to work at the Brazilian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen took the chequered flag.
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Providing security for the track is the responsibility of the race organizers. If a track is not able to provide proper security, the FIA and F1 can decide to not host a race there anymore. After every race, F1 gives their feedback to the organizers, who will then have to make the necessary changes if they want to continue hosting.
Since 2017, F1’s ratings have sky-rocketed. This has increased the value of the sport and has allowed more and more circuits to submit their bid to host a race. There are several other tracks outside the current F1 calendar that are trying to become a part of the sport. However, it will not be practical for F1 to host more than 24 races in a season.