The stewards of the Australian Grand Prix are investigating a track invasion which appeared to take place at the end of the race.
A document issued by the FIA stated a representative of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation had had been summoned to meet them at 8:15pm local time, over two-and-a-half hours after the race ended.
The location of the track invasion has not been confirmed. However Lewis Hamilton reported seeing fans on the track after taking the chequered flag at Albert Park. Some were standing at the inside of turn one and others were climbing the fences at the corner.
“There’s people on the track, man, some fans have got on,” Hamilton told his race engineer Peter Bonnington after finishing in second place. The red flag was shown shortly afterwards, despite the fact Max Verstappen had already taken the chequered flag.
According to F1, 131,124 spectators attended today’s race. It claimed the total audience for the four-day event was 444,631, beating the record set at the Circuit of the Americas last year.
The Albert Park circuit was also the scene of a track invasion after the end of the 2017 race. A group of spectators entered the circuit around turns 14, 15 and 16.
Fans gaining unauthorised access to the circuit has also been a problem for other venues. This week six Just Stop Oil protesters were sentenced over a protest at Silverstone during last year’s British Grand Prix.
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