Formula 1 fan banned for life after fight in the grandstands at the Mexican Grand Prix
A Formula One fan was ejected from the Mexican Grand Prix and banned for life after being involved in a brawl in the grandstands during Sunday’s race.
While the race was still ongoing, footage emerged of a fan throwing punches at other spectators dressed in red inside the famous Foro Sol Stadium section of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
He was subsequently restrained by other fans in the grandstand and then taken away by security.
Mexican Grand Prix officials soon announced that the offender in question had been promptly removed from the circuit, and later an F1 spokesperson confirmed that he had also been banned for life.
It appears to have been an isolated incident in what was otherwise another fantastically-supported race in Mexico City, with over 400,000 people in attendance.
Ahead of the weekend, there had been security fears surrounding three-time champion Max Verstappen after he was booed at the preceding United States Grand Prix by what appeared to be Mexican fans.
While that didn’t transpire, there were plenty of jeers for Charles Leclerc after his collision with Sergio Perez resulted in the home favourite getting knocked out of the race at the first corner.
Neither driver were to blame, but that didn’t stop the crowd from showing their hostility toward the Ferrari driver, who told them post-race: ‘A lot of booing, a lot of booing, guys.
‘I mean, honestly, I had nowhere to go. I was a bit in between the two Red Bulls and unfortunately I touched Checo [Perez], but I had nowhere to go.
‘It’s life, it damaged my car and unfortunately it ended the race of Checo, but on our end we maximised our race. Of course I’m disappointed to end the race of Checo like that, but I really didn’t do it on purpose and I had nowhere to go.’
It is speculated but not confirmed that the fight between fans may have been motivated by this incident, given that the victims were wearing red, the colour of Ferrari.
Perez himself acknowledged that the crash was just a racing incident and upon seeing the jeers aimed at Leclerc, urged his supporters to not take their anger out on the Monegasque racer.
‘I just want to say thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart. You are the best fans in the world,’ the Red Bull star posted on Twitter.
‘Today, I left everything on the track, saw the space, and took a chance. It wasn’t Charles’ fault; it was just a racing incident.’
The F1 season continues this weekend with the Brazilian Grand Prix.
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