Four members of environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion were arrested after they targeted Sunday’s British Grand Prix.Silverstone’s Club corner which was seen in F1’s television broadcasts as the cars were sent away on their formation lap.
The group behind the stunt is believed to have gained access to the circuit using ladders. They did so overnight between Saturday and Sunday at a point close to where the banner was displayed. They are understood to have hid themselves within the circuit overnight and emerged in time for the start of the grand prix.
A statement issued by Silverstone said: “During the race, Northamptonshire Police were made aware of four people who had been detained by Silverstone security inside the venue perimeter.
“Officers are working closely with Silverstone Circuit and conducting a full investigation. Four people have been arrested and are in police custody.”
Formula 1 and sponsor Shell was previously the target of a protest by Greenpeace during the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.
Last year Formula 1 announced a plan to become a ‘net zero’ producer of carbon by the year 2030. Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, who became a vegan in 2017, has also said he aims to begin ‘carbon neutral’.
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