After Esteban Ocon Pitted with Plenty of Spectators on the Pit Road, Formula 1 will Alter Pit Lane Access

Esteban Ocon pitted on the pit lane among people during the final lap of Azerbaijan Grand prix.

After spectators blocked Esteban Ocon’s entrance to the pit lane during the final lap of Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Formula 1 announced that it would change the rules governing who is allowed to enter the pit road after races.

Ocon was forced to make his obligatory pit stop on the last lap of the race since he hadn’t done so earlier in the race. Photographers and other visitors were permitted access to the pit lane before Ocon’s pit stop and when Red Bull personnel made their way across the wall separating the pit lane from the circuit to celebrate Sergio Perez‘s upcoming triumph.

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Given the number of obstructions, Ocon claimed after the race that “it could have been a big, big one today.” The speed limit on the pit road was 80 KMPH.

“Determined that the relevant representatives took steps to set up the parc fermi area and also permitted media and other personnel to gather in the start of the pit lane and the pit wall during the last lap of the race while the pit lane was open and before the final pit stop of Ocon.”

“We noted that it was not unusual for the representatives to allow such persons into the pit lane just before the end of the race in the usual course of preparation for parc ferme and the podium ceremony. However, in this case, there was one driver that had to pit in the last lap and this created a very dangerous situation for those that were in the pit lane at the time.”


Stewards said that FIA officials were necessary. 

“To take immediate steps to reconsider these procedures and protocols with the relevant stakeholders to ensure that this situation does not occur again.”

It would be necessary to make any adjustments promptly. The second in a four-race stretch over five weeks, F1‘s next event is on Sunday in Miami.

Esteban Ocon:

Esteban Ocon, a French Formula 1 driver, currently races for the Alpine F1 Team. He debuted in Formula 1 in 2016 with the Manor Racing team and has since driven for Force India (now Racing Point) and Renault (now Alpine).

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Ocon has shown impressive skills and consistency throughout his career, earning his first podium finish at the Sakhir Grand Prix in 2020.

He is known for his strong race pace and is often praised for his ability to manage tires during long stints, making him a valuable asset to any team.

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