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BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 22: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 passes his team celebrating on the pitwall during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 22, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

FIA Warning To F1 Pit Crews: DO NOT celebrate on the pitwall

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 22: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 passes his team celebrating on the pitwall during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 22, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

FIA F1 Race Director Niels Wittich warned Formula 1 team crews they risk a penalty if they are seen climbing pitwall fences to celebrate as their drivers take the chequered flag, a long-established tradition of the sport.

Race director Niels Wittich reminded the teams in his Australian Grand Prix notes on Thursday that the rules forbid climbing on the pitwall debris fence “at any time”.

He also highlighted the article in the sporting code that states any team breaching the ban will be reported to the stewards.

F1 fans have become used to seeing mechanics and others leaving the garages to climb the fence and cheer podium finishers as they cross the line on the last lap.

Aston Martin and Red Bull team members did so in Saudi Arabia, a fast street circuit with metal catch fences, on March 19 as Red Bull finished one-two for the second race in a row and Fernando Alonso was again third.

Infringements are unlikely at Melbourne’s Albert Park where thick glass panels are in place along the pitlane to give fans a better view.

The sporting code says “access to the pit lane should be exclusively reserved during practice and races for those persons specially authorised and having a specific job to do.

“Team personnel are only allowed in the pit lane immediately before they are required to work on a car and must withdraw as soon as the work is complete.” (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)