“It’s a shame that there are some complete idiots who don’t consider what a smoke machine can do to a rider on the track. If you get hit by a can like that, it can be fatal,” Wolff said.
The middle part of the qualification was interrupted due to the chimney. The FIA said the fan who threw the smokestack was arrested. In the third part, another was thrown at the exit from the pits, but this was done without interrupting the qualification.
“A halo wouldn’t help you with that. We looked at the cameras and Lewis was driving through the pit lane when it happened. I don’t know if someone threw it at him, but it happened before he was actually in that place. I hope the organizers and security can handle it.”
Russell stated that “it would be a shame if they were banned because they have become part of the show”
“But I would like people to show some common sense rather than throwing them on the track. If you run over a chimney and it’s sharp, it can give you a puncture. She could do a lot of damage.’
“I think the person who did it was also expelled. Just don’t do it. It’s not good for anyone,” said Max Verstappen. “They kick you out so you can’t see the race and for us it means the rides are stopped because it’s dangerous. You shouldn’t do that.’
“It’s dangerous, so don’t do things like that,” Leclerc said. “It’s good that there was a reaction from security.”
“It shouldn’t happen. I don’t know if there’s anything we can do to prevent it in the future, I don’t know exactly when it was thrown, but of course if there’s a car passing by at the time, it could create an unnecessary risk.”