“We have a large number of video surveillance cameras and a large amount of images that we have to examine over the next two weeks,” the test director told Australian ABC. “Motor racing is dangerous, it could have been terrible,” he added.
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) summoned the organization of the test to ask for explanations, estimating that the incident constitutes a serious violation of the sporting code.
The media published images of a crowd of spectators breaking through and scaling the security barriers, only a few meters from the cars still rolling, at the end of a chaotic race won by the reigning world champion Max Verstappen (Red Bull), in the presence of some 131 thousand viewers.
Some caught up with the Haas of German Nico Hulkenberg, stopped at the exit of the second corner after finishing seventh in the race.
“The security measures and protocols that were supposed to work for the event were not applied, which created a dangerous situation for spectators, drivers and race officials,” the FIA said.
“Spectators are allowed to enter the track after the end of the race and the passing of the safety car. But they broke one of the barriers we still don’t know how,” Westacott added.
Verstappen, current double world champion, won the race, the third of this edition, which had to stop three times due to accidents.