“FIA to in­ves­ti­gate mar­shal on track”

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The FIA will launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the se­ries of events in which a mar­shal ran across the live track ahead of Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix leader Nico Ros­berg last week­end.

The race was neu­tralised shortly af­ter the start when Nico Hulken­berg’s Force In­dia was spun into the pit wall off the line.

How­ever, when the race re­sumed a few laps later, a mar­shal was seen sprint­ing across the track to clear de­bris as the lead­ers ap­proached.

He reached the side of the track just as Ros­berg’s Merc flashed past into turn one.

The FIA has stated that the cor­rect pro­ce­dures to restart the race were fol­lowed in race con­trol, but not at that spe­cific mar­shals post. The FIA’S pro­ce­dure re­quires race con­trol to call ‘track clear’ three times be­fore restart­ing a race. How­ever, it has emerged that the mar­shal was given in­struc­tions to en­ter the track by a cir­cuit of­fi­cial af­ter that fi­nal call had been made.

An FIA spokesper­son told Au­tosport: “We take this very se­ri­ously. We’re not try­ing to put the blame on sin­gle peo­ple. Every­thing will be done to en­sure this does not hap­pen again.”

Mercedes team head Toto Wolff said: “It was very dan­ger­ous. But we must give credit to race con­trol for restart­ing the race quickly, as we have of­ten asked not to spend end­less time be­hind the safety car.

“That prob­a­bly trig­gered that one of the mar­shals, mean­ing well, was out there clean­ing up the last of the mess. These things hap­pen and I’m re­ally happy it ended up with no­body be­ing hurt.”

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