Spectator who walked on F1 track placed under arrest
A 27-year-old spectator who entered the track during the Singapore GP has been arrested and is assisting the police with their investigations.
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.”
“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.”