Although F1 was relatively quick to recognize the issue and stated it’s in talks with the race promoter and security team to ensure it never happens again, what made these reports particularly worrying was that officials offered little advice to victims as to where to go or who to call in the moment — and this, it bears repeating, is not a new problem at the Red Bull Ring.

Fans and influencers on social media did what they could to spread information of first-aid centers and group chats to support each other, but F1 needs to move swiftly to institute measures to protect anyone that feels unsafe at the very next race — not months from now, and not in 2023. Perhaps a hotline, as GridClique’s Sarah Levenson mentioned. Actual consequences for those that feel emboldened to torment other racegoers would probably go a long way, too.