F1 and FIA to discuss event security

F1 and FIA to discuss event security

Formula 1

F1 and FIA to discuss event security


The topic of event security will be discussed at the next FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting after a number of incidents at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Members of the Mercedes team were robbed at gunpoint after leaving the Interlagos circuit on Friday night, while FIA staff were also subject to an attempted armed robbery. A third incident saw Williams escape after another failed attempt, before Sauber was unsuccessfully targeted on Saturday night.

Following the race, another attempted robbery suffered by Pirelli members led to the decision to cancel this week’s tire test for Pirelli and McLaren in Sao Paulo on safety grounds, and the FIA says it will now look into how it can improve security across all of its events in the future.

“The FIA has requested that reports be collated by the Commercial Rights Holder (Formula 1) concerning the incidents and presented to the members of the World Motor Sport Council at its next meeting on 6 December,” an FIA statement read.

“In the continued spirit of positive collaboration with Formula 1, the Council will then discuss the ways in which a more consistent and effective security procedure can be applied at all events of the FIA Formula One World Championship. The findings will also be shared with other FIA championship organizers to maximize the positive impact this can have across all motor sport.

“Security is a cooperative effort, and the FIA will seek to work closely with Formula 1 and all its stakeholders to maintain a safe environment for everyone working at or visiting Formula 1 events.”

Following talks on Saturday in Interlagos, the local police committed to increasing the number of personnel deployed outside the circuit and keeping a presence throughout the night on both Saturday and Sunday as a result of the security concerns. However, that did not prevent the incidents involving Sauber and Pirelli, with a report in Brazil quoting a policeman as saying the captain restricted their attempts to stop the attacks during the race weekend.