Drive India plans extra safety measures for its employees throughout this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, whereas the promoters promised a "a lot higher presence" in response to the assaults from final yr.
Pirelli and McLaren canceled a take a look at after the race on the monitor 12 months in the past after a number of F1 employees members have been focused. Amongst them have been members of the Mercedes workforce who had been pressured to return their valuables underneath the specter of weapons.
Formulation One groups have been instructed to count on a "a lot larger" safety presence this weekend. F1, FIA and native authorities have been discussing the issue, which has turn into worse lately. A report on the protection procedures deliberate for this yr's race was submitted to the FIA World Motor Sport Council on 12 October.
Otmar Szafnauer, director of Drive India, stated that "nothing ensures" the protection of the groups. procedures to make sure the protection of their employees have been revised.
"We now have labored with the promoters and with the native authorities, the police and, apparently, their presence will probably be rather more essential.
"They’ll perceive the hour of our departure and our arrival, so the presence is there on the proper time. The police don’t come house earlier and all of us depart. So there will probably be a much bigger effort.
Nevertheless, Szafnauer stated that the workforce "can also be finding out some safety measures." "We now have been fortunate through the years to not have occurred to us," he stated. "However we take it critically.
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"We take precautions that a number of the different groups haven’t taken previously. And to this point, it's by probability or by judgment, every part is okay. However we are going to take a look at this much more rigorously now due to what occurred to Mercedes final yr.
Szafnauer said that it is not uncommon for Drive India personnel to delete any figuring out emblem related to the race when it leaves the monitor.
"We now have all the time taken precautions and brought motion. I'll provide you with an instance: our crew buses would not have stickers, all parking playing cards are detachable, zero Drive India. We don’t put on our workforce package on crew buses, we put on regular garments.
"So we did all this to keep away from consideration and attraction. And both we have been fortunate or it labored, or a little bit of each.
"And personally, I do it too. When driving by automotive, there isn’t a indication that we’re a Formulation One workforce or related to the street. We are going to proceed to do that and we will even take into account additional if we’d like a kind of safety. "
A number of Drive India personnel have been concerned in a safety incident on the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2012, wherein a Molotov cocktail exploded close to a van of the workforce. .
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