McLaren’s actions as Lando Norris crossed line branded ‘one slip from disaster’

McLaren were 'one slip from disaster' as they celebrated Lando Norris' podium finish at Imola with their actions 'sketchy', it has been claimed.

Norris enjoyed a fine race at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, coming in third to secure back-to-back podium finishes for McLaren at Imola and providing a boost to the team after what has been a relatively slow start to the season.

It seemed McLaren's woes would continue as Daniel Ricciardo collided with Ferrari's Carlos Sainz on the opening lap, leaving him at the back of the grid, but Norris was able to fly the flag for the team – rising to third following a late spin from Charles Leclerc.

Naturally, that sparked jubilant celebrations as the British driver crossed the line to secure his first podium finish since McLaren's 1-2 in Monza last year – but the scenes risked turning to disaster.

That's the view of British racing driver Jake Dennis, who races for Andretti in Formula E and is also F1 sim and Red Bull development driver, who stated the actions of the team were 'sketchy'.

"Things you love to see but this is sooo sketchy. One slip from a mechanic and it's not a pretty sight," he posted on Instagram, adding: "Have a feeling it will only change if something bad were to happen."

The safety in Formula One has continued to increase in recent years, with the addition of the halo to protect the drivers and biometric gloves, with the motorsport regularly adjusting regulations and adding new developments to increase safety.

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It's therefore surprising that celebrating on the pit wall and leaning out onto the track is still permitted, as Dennis' assessment that it's just one slip or mistake from disaster is correct.

There has not been a death from a Formula One event since Jules Bianchi's passing in July 2015, which came due to injuries sustained nine months earlier following a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix – the first driver death since Ayrton Senna in 1994.

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A year previously, track marshal Mark Robinson was killed at the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix after being run over by a crane removing the car of Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez following the conclusion of the race.

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