Australian Grand Prix ends in chaos with followers storming circuit, fan hit by particles


UPDATE: A fan has described how he was hit by flying particles on the Australian Grand Prix as organisers discover themselves in scorching water after crowds invaded the monitor at Albert Park earlier than the conclusion of Sunday’s race.

Will Candy was watching the race from the surface of flip two, when he was hit by a part of a wheel rim when Kevin Magnussen crashed late within the race.

Candy has instructed 9’s At present, he was initially extra gutted that his favorite driver was out of the race.

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“I do not know the way it wasn’t worse, to be trustworthy,” he mentioned.

“I used to be fortunate I had a small radio pressed up in opposition to my ear, so I had my arm lifted up. I managed to get hit within the arm as an alternative of something worse.”

Candy mentioned it was pure luck that he was the one particular person to be injured.

“I feel he tapped the wall along with his rear wheel, and it simply shredded the rim,” he defined.

“He goes careering down the monitor, so I turned to my proper. Apparently in entrance of him a bit of his wheel had flown up over the barrier and it hit me within the arm.

“It was the one bit that came to visit and I used to be the one one which acquired hit.”

In 2001, a trackside marshal, Graham Beveridge, died at Albert Park when he was struck by a flying wheel after an accident at flip three.

Candy mentioned the vantage level was a “implausible spot” and it will be exhausting to stop a repeat.

“It was far too massive to undergo the fence, so it will need to have gone up and over,” he mentioned.

“If guidelines have to alter I do not know what (could possibly be carried out).”

Followers invade monitor at Australian Grand Prix

It comes because the Australian Grand Prix Company (AGPC) was hauled earlier than the stewards on Sunday evening following a chaotic end to the race.

Based on the FIA, “a big group of spectators managed to interrupt the safety strains and accessed the monitor whereas the race was nonetheless ongoing.”

The race completed with a single lap behind the protection automobile after being pink flagged on three separate events, the primary time in F1 historical past a race had been stopped 3 times.

The report crowds had been climbing security fences earlier than the chequered flag was proven, whereas stewards discovered that spectators had been additionally capable of attain the stranded automobile of Nico Hulkenberg, which “nonetheless had its gentle flashing pink (i.e. the automobile was in an unsafe situation with attainable electrical discharge”.

The AGPC was present in breach of Article 12.2.1.h of the FIA’s Worldwide Sporting Code and should “urgently current a proper remediation plan to the FIA” with stewards highlighting “severe considerations”.

”The safety measures and the protocols which had been anticipated to be in place for the occasion weren’t enforced leading to an unsafe surroundings for the spectators, drivers and race officers,” stewards mentioned.

The AGPC “candidly admitted failures when it comes to the safety protocols and security measures and concurred with the FIA sporting delegate and the race director report and agreed that this was an unacceptable state of affairs that might have had disastrous penalties,” the FIA discovered.

The AGPC has requested that it’s given till June 30, 2023 to finish its assessment, which can even contain Victorian police.

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