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Protester disrupts running of British Grand Prix

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SILVERSTONE, England

An unidentified man walked onto the track at the British Grand Prix on Sunday, disrupting the race and forcing drivers to swerve around him.

The man, wearing a kilt, was holding a sign and had placards attached to his body. He wandered on the track during the 12th lap and was walking toward a high-speed corner as six drivers sped past. The man was on the track for about 20 seconds before being tackled by a race steward and dragged away.

Security officials believe the man climbed over a fence to get to the track, and the sport's governing body, FIA, said it would investigate.

"The FIA observer is going to file a report, and we will look at the matter once the process has been completed," a spokesman said. "We will look at the matter once we have all the information."

Italy's Jarno Trulli was leading the race, but fell to sixth as cars went to pit road when the safety car went onto the track.

Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello won the race, and Trulli finished fifth.

"Jarno was pulling away from the cars behind, and when he was in the lead, things were trouble free," said Renault's technical director, Mike Gascoyne. "As soon as he fell back into traffic, though, his lack of straight-line speed hurt him and he lost his places."

It's the second time Barrichello has won a race when a protester appeared on the track. Three years ago, the Brazilian won in Germany after a 47-year-old Frenchman made it onto the course and wandered around.

Police charged the man with aggravated trespass, and Britain's Motor Sports Association is conducting an investigation, Silverstone officials said.

Finland's Kimi Raikkonen, who finished third behind Juan Pablo Montoya, said race officials shouldn't be blamed for the incident.

"I think it can happen anywhere," said Raikkonen. "It happened in Germany. I don't think they should blame Silverstone."

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