FIA 'evaluating procedures' after marshals put in harm's way at Imola


The FIA is evaluating changes to its procedures following a dangerous situation that occurred during last weekend's Emilia Romagna GP, when marshals present on the track during the Safety Car period were put in harm's way.

The Safety Car was deployed after Red Bull's Max Verstappen had veered off into the gravel trap at the Variante Villeneuve following a tyre failure.

During the caution period, Williams' George Russell lost control of his FW43 on the approach to Acque Minerale, the Briton's car hitting the barriers and spreading debris.

But as marshals were conducting a clean-up, several backmarkers who had been allowed to overtake the Safety Car ahead of the race's re-start barreled down towards Acque Minerali, only to discover the group of marshals in action in the area.

Both Romain Grosjean and Sebastian Vettel radioed in to signal the dangerous situation while Racing Point's Lance Stroll, the last driver of the group to unlap himself, approached the spot at considerable speed.

Formula 1's governing was made aware of the incident and stated on Tuesday that it would review current procedures and consider changes to its procedures.

"The safety of the marshals and trackside officials is of the highest priority for the FIA," it said.

"Race control was made aware of the issue and is evaluating whether any changes can be made to the procedures currently in place to further protect the marshals and officials and minimise the likelihood of a reoccurrence in the future."

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