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Lando Norris narrowly avoided striking a person walking through the pit lane in a horrifying near miss in Miami. The British star was just metres from hitting the man as he drove into the pitlane to make his stop.
The McLaren star appears to alter his steering movements at the last moment in an attempt to dodge the paddock pass holder. The issue was compounded by the blind corner on the entrance to the pitlane which left the gentleman unspotted until the final seconds.
It comes despite the FIA changing the rules ahead of Miami in a bid to improve safety. The incident was only brought to light after images from Norris’ onboard camera were shared on social media.
It comes just a week after Esteban Ocon almost collided with a series of photographers at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. It led the FIA to alter the regulations in order to crack down on the number of people walking around the pits during a Grand Prix.
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The new rule reads: “Team mechanics are not permitted to move from their garages to the Parc Ferme with cooling fans in anticipation of their cars stopping at the end of the race until after the last car has taken the chequered flag. Any other personnel or VIPs are not permitted to enter the pit lane until after the last car has taken the chequered flag.
“Any infringement will result in the removal of passes from the team(s) in question from subsequent events, and potential reporting of the infringing team(s) to the stewards.” Fans took to Twitter to blast the FIA after two near-misses in less than a week.
@formula1god posted: “Have we not learnt anything??? Lando Norris has almost just wiped out another person in the pit lane.”
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A translated message from @DanilTalisca said: “This one is even worse than the one in Baku, mainly due to the distance from the blind spot to where the citizen was walking.” Ocon’s incident in Azerbaijan was branded a “shambles” by Sky Sports F1 reporter Ted Kravitz.
Sharing further details on the incident, Kravitz called on officials to learn lessons in a bid to boost safety. He commented: “It’s effectively the FIA investigating themselves. It’s not a penalty or a fine. It’s nothing to do with Azerbaijan.
“The officials obviously made a mistake, the photographers didn’t realise there was still one person to come in. Clearly the lesson does need to be learned as to when they can let people in for pure safety’s sake.” Ocon described the Baku incident as “scary” while Red Bull boss Christian Horner demanded an urgent review.
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