Italian Grand Prix venue Monza says it will take "consequent measures" after some Formula 1 fans reported abuse and harassment at the 2022 race. Footage circulated on social media of some fans shouting at others and telling them to remove team-branded merchandise of a driver or team they themselves did not support while race-winner Max Verstappen was booed in Parc Ferme. There was also reports of poor crowd management across the site, with fans having to queue for hours to pay for tokens for food and drink rather than buying directly at the stalls. It is the latest Grand Prix to be affected by reports of fan abuse and harassment in the 2022 season, with races in Austria and Hungary also similarly affected.
Monza issues response
F1 released a video during the Hungarian GP weekend featuring all the drivers, CEO Stefano Domenicali and FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem calling out the abuse, with races in Belgium and the Netherlands largely unaffected by claims of abuse. However, in response to the claims, Monza has issued a statement, outlining what action it intends to take against those fans responsible. "Autodromo Nazionale Monza express its regret for the discomfort of those who, among the many fans who flocked to the Italian GP, would have encountered certain inconveniences. "The fans' experience is a priority and for this reason, a rigorous verification has been initiated, with partners, to ascertain and investigate the origin of any criticalities and take consequent measures so that this does not happen again in the future."
#AutodromoNazionaleMonza #ItalianGP pic.twitter.com/pyZcH5cQiq — Autodromo Nazionale Monza (@Autodromo_Monza) September 14, 2022