No One Told This Poor Marshal About The Cars Coming Toward Him On Track

One solitary marshal at the Singapore Grand Prix didn’t get the memo that it was time to stop picking up debris on track after a short safety car period for Nico Hülkenberg’s crash.

He was still working out on the track, and was forced to bolt for it when he saw oncoming traffic coming at full race speed.

Singapore seems to have an issue with people (and lizards) on the track, man.

UPDATE: An FIA official told Autosport that the proper procedure for ending a safety car period had not been followed:

The FIA’s procedure requires race control to call ‘track clear’ three times before restarting the race, having been given assurances by the clerk of the course that any debris or marshals were clear.

But it has emerged the marshal was instructed by a circuit official to head out onto the track after that final call was made and when the cars were approaching.

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The FIA also promised that they’d do everything within their power to ensure incidents like this are less likely to happen in the future.

Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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bryan31122
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This right here is exactly why Formula One needs to follow IndyCar’s example and hire a dedicated, professional safety team that follows the series at every stop on the calendar. It is absolutely inexcusable for the world’s premier motorsport organization to lack the standard of communication necessary at your local SCCA track day. Now I’m not saying that volunteers should be eliminated, but I’ll be damned if anyone not on the professional unit steps foot on a green racetrack for this very reason.

Also, as we have seen numerous times in IndyCar and NASCAR, notably through the accident of James Hinchcliffe, having the first responders on the scene of an accident be sufficient in handling severe medical trauma could be the difference between life and death. And in the case of Formula One, having the marshals wait on the medical car to arrive at the scene to assist in emergencies could be previous time wasted. If someone asked me, “What is the number one thing F1 should change to improve?”, this is that very thing.