“FIA to investigate marshal on track”
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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