The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile are taking the marshal incident at the Singapore Grand Prix “very seriously” after a marshal was still on the track when the race was restarted following a the safety car period.
The safety car was needed after Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz collided at the start, Nico Rosberg led the field around behind the safety car, but as the race was restarted a marshal was spotted on the start/finish straight.
Thankfully the marshal managed to clear the track without incident but the FIA is still looking in to what could have been a very serious incident.
The FIA’s safety protocol is that the track has to be declared clear and safe three times until the race can resume.
Speaking to Autosport, the FIA spokesperson said that the protocol was not “properly executed”, adding that F1’s governing body will launch an investigation into the incident.
“We take this very seriously. We’re not trying to put the blame on a single people. Everything will be done to ensure this does not happen again.”
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg branded the incident as a ‘hairy moment’, while the boss of Mercedes has called it ‘a dangerous moment’.
It was not the first time a person that a person has disrupted the Singapore after a spectator managed to make it onto the track and walk along the side of the track in 2015.