A group of protesters who attempted to enter the track at the start of Sunday’s British Grand Prix were removed from the area.Zhou Guanyu’s huge crash.
“We can confirm that after the red flag, several people attempted to enter the track. These people were immediately removed and the matter is now being dealt with by the local authorities.”
Valtteri Bottas said he saw the protesters on the track after the start and told his team about them on his radio. “It was really weird,” he said. “I’ve never seen like people on like almost on track.
“So it was pretty dangerous. If someone would have lost it there, exit of that corner, there was people so I’m glad it didn’t happen again.”
On Friday, Northamptonshire Police issued a direct appeal to those planning to protest at the race, issuing a statement saying: “Going onto a live race track is extremely dangerous – if you go ahead with this reckless plan you are jeopardising lives.”
This is the second time in three years a Formula 1 race at Silverstone has been the focus of a protest. In 2020 four people were arrested after Extinction Rebellion protesters displayed banners at the race. The event was run behind closed doors with no spectators in attendance due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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