F1’s Esteban Ocon narrowly avoids catastrophe as he zooms into pits with photographers awaiting race’s finish

Formulation One driver Esteban Ocon averted a possible catastrophe through the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday as he narrowly missed a number of individuals lined up in pit street on the final lap of the race.

Photographers had been lined up throughout pit street when Ocon got here in to make a cease. Ocon obtained actually near hitting a number of individuals however they had been capable of transfer out of the best way earlier than an incident.

“That is loopy,” Ocon mentioned after the race, by way of ESPN. “It may have been an enormous, large one in the present day. And it is positively one thing that must be talk about (sic). It is one thing that we do not wish to see.”


Esteban Ocon looks on

Esteban Ocon prepares to drive through the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku Metropolis Circuit on April 30, 2023, in Baku. (Mario Renzi – Formulation 1/Formulation 1 by way of Getty Pictures)

Ocon pit to fulfill the Formulation One requirement on utilizing two several types of tires throughout a race. It appeared the photographers had been preparing for Sergio Perez to return in and have a good time his victory over Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc.

“I do not perceive why we’re beginning to prep the rostrum and prep the ceremony whereas we’re nonetheless racing. There’s one lap to go, there’s nonetheless individuals that did not pit. I am arriving at 300 kph, I am braking very late, I see the individuals round,” Ocon added.

Ocon admitted that if he missed hitting the brake, “it’s an enormous catastrophe.” He referred to as on the FIA to take motion so media members, or anybody else, don’t leak onto the roadway earlier than the race is definitely over.

“The stewards heard from the FIA representatives and decided that the related representatives took steps to arrange the parc ferme space and likewise permitted media and different personnel to assemble within the begin of the pitlane and the pitwall over the last lap of the race, whereas the pitlane was open and earlier than the ultimate pitstop of Ocon,” the FIA defined in an announcement, by way of Autosport.


Esteban Ocon drives in Baku

Alpine driver Esteban Ocon through the Formulation One Grand Prix on the Baku circuit, in Azerbaijan, Sunday, April 30, 2023. (Alokito Mymensingh 24 Photograph/Darko Bandic)

“We famous that it was commonplace for the representatives to permit such individuals into the pitlane simply earlier than the tip of the race, within the common course of preparation for parc ferme and the rostrum ceremony.

“Nonetheless, on this case, there was one driver that needed to pit within the final lap and this created a really harmful state of affairs for people who had been within the pitlane on the time.”

The game’s governing physique added that it was “lucky” there have been “no severe penalties” from the pit street incident.

“We walked by the related procedures and protocol with the FIA representatives intimately and required them to take speedy steps to rethink these procedures and protocols with the related stakeholders (together with FOM, the groups and the FIA) to make sure that this example doesn’t happen once more,” the group added.

“The FIA representatives expressed their remorse at what occurred and warranted us that they might accomplish that in time for the subsequent occasion.”

Esteban Ocon before the GP

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon earlier than the race. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

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Perez picked up his second win of the season by 4 races.

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