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FIA make pit lane changes after Ocon's scary Baku near-miss

The FIA have reacted to the worrying incident that occurred with Esteban Ocon at the end of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Ocon Baku
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The FIA have published changes to the post-race procedures following the pit lane near-miss at the end of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Alpine's Esteban Ocon had been attempting an ambitious long final tyre stint in the hope of a late Safety Car or red flag, which resulted in the Frenchman making a pit stop on the final lap of the race.

With race leader Sergio Perez already partway through his final lap, numerous photographers, FIA personnel and team members started preparing for the cars returning to the pits after the chequered flag.

This meant Ocon met a crowd of people setting up for the post-race parc ferme, and the Alpine driver was forced to brake to avoid a collision.

At the time, the FIA promised a thorough review into the post-race procedures and practices carried out, in order to avoid a repeat incident.

Ahead of the Miami Grand Prix, the FIA published updating guidelines, which now state that 'team mechanics' and 'any other personnel or VIPs' are not allowed to move from their garage or designated area until the final car has taken the chequered flag.

The updated procedure including the following notes:

"Team mechanics are not permitted to move from their garages to the Parc Fermé 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."

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