Formula 1 has given a lifetime ban to a fan after he attacked two Ferrari supporters during the Mexico City Grand Prix.
Footage circulating on social media showed a male fan climbing towards a pair wearing Ferrari merchandise in the Foro Sol, with other spectators trying to get between them. The fan then strikes both of the Ferrari supporters, with one falling to the ground and one attempting to fight back before others manage to intervene and prevent the original attacker from continuing.
F1 says the individual involved was identified and ejected by security, and a lifetime ban from F1 events was issued immediately.
The incident came after home hero Sergio Perez retired on the opening lap of the race following contact with Charles Leclerc; the Mexican having turned in at Turn 1 while the Ferrari driver was unable to move across due to the presence of Max Verstappen on the inside.
Leclerc was booed by a section of fans post-race after finishing third behind Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.
The race organizers at the Mexico City Grand Prix had launched a new campaign called #RACEPECT ahead of this weekend’s event, urging fans to follow the lead of drivers and leave rivalries on the track.