Picture Credit: Twitter

Picture Credit: Twitter

During the build-up of a race in F1, the Federation International de I’Automobile (FIA) allows celebrities, special guests, and international media personnel, among others, in a limited capacity, to soak in the unique atmosphere that the motorsport brings to the table. As Formula One is making a big name for itself in recent years, these dignitaries are mingling with the drivers and officials, at a personal level. 

But, it has also led to a few famous personalities getting too close to the grid, while the action is underway.

In a recent incident, Neymar Jr, the Brazilian and Paris Saint-Germain footballer, was reportedly seen positioned at the edge of the grass on the start-finish straight during the formation lap of Spanish GP. This has led to the FIA investigating the safety concerns with regards to grid access given to guests during an F1 race. Also, in the meantime, the governing body of motorsport is looking into the track invasion incident, which happened at the Australian GP earlier in the year.

Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the President of FIA, talked about the Neymar Jr incident at the Spanish GP. He said, “We must take learnings from the incident at the Spanish Grand Prix. The FIA has been assured by Stefano Domenicali (F1 CEO) that measures are being taken to ensure that there is no repeat of the incident. It is the duty of the FIA to ensure a safe environment for all. Safety in motor sport is the Federation’s main priority.”

Notably, Neymar Jr was spotted at the Mercedes garage with his long-time friend Lewis Hamilton at the Spanish GP on June 4. The British driver had offered the footballer to sit in his sought-after W14 car before the start of the race.