The man ran across the track and then walked alongside the barrier, before climbing back through a gap in the fence. However, before he left race control had sent out a safety car.
This was the third example of a track invasion during a race, following previous examples at Hockenheim in 2000 and Silverstone in 2003. The FIA said it was “awaiting a full report from the Clerk of the Course in order to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident.”
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“I had to look again because I wasn’t sure whether I had a problem with my eyesight or I saw somebody crossing the track,” said race leader Sebastian Vettel. “I went on the radio and said “Some guy’s running across the track!” I think I saw him taking a picture. I don’t know. I hope it was a good one at least. I hope it was in focus!
“Yeah, pretty crazy, we approach that corner at around 280-290 clicks so, I don’t know, I wouldn’t cross the track if I was him. It was crazy, obviously, and we had a Safety Car straight away. Maybe in the next year we need to block the grandstands a bit better. Fortunately nothing happened to us and nothing happened to him – as far as I know. The other guys didn’t see him, so I was the first one to come around.
“I think he did a pretty good job. He was a quick runner, crossing from the right to the left but yeah, pretty odd. Obviously that’s not what you expect when you come around, looking into the next corner.”