The FIA says that it is concerned about the number of people that have had access to the grid at recent events.

Prior to the start of each race, guests, team members, celebrities and international media are granted access to the grid.

However, the FIA has raised safety concerns after some guests were still present on the side of the track when the formation lap for the Spanish Grand Prix got underway earlier this month.

The incident, as well as the crowd invasion at the end of the Australian Grand Prix in April, were discussed at the World Motor Sport Council on Tuesday.

A statement from the Council says it is “awaiting the findings of the review into the track invasion” in Australia, with the promoter of the event set to submit the report by the end of June. 

Usain Bolt strikes his famous pose at the 2017 US Grand Prix

And following the incident in Spain, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem highlighted that he has experienced too many people on the grid, hinting that a clampdown on access measures may be imminent.

“We must take learnings from the incident at the Spanish Grand Prix,” he said. 

“The FIA has been assured by Stefano Domenicali (CEO of Formula 1), that measures are being taken to ensure that there is no repeat of the incident.

“It is an issue not just in Formula 1 but also in Formula E and World Endurance Championship and other categories from my recent experiences with too many people on the grid at some events. 

“I have no doubt that in all cases, the promoter will adhere to the FIA requirements on safety and security. 

“It is the duty of the FIA to ensure a safe environment for all. Safety in motor sport is the Federation’s main priority.”

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