British Grand Prix: FIA confirms protesters invaded Silverstone circuit on opening lap

Footage surfaced on social media of protesters entering the Northamptonshire circuit on lap one, shortly after the race was red flagged for a massive crash in the first corner; Northamptonshire police confirm ‘a number of arrests’

Last updated: 03/07/22 5:38 PM

Craig Slater confirms details that protesters stormed the track at Silverstone during the British Grand Prix.

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Craig Slater confirms details that protesters stormed the track at Silverstone during the British Grand Prix.

Craig Slater confirms details that protesters stormed the track at Silverstone during the British Grand Prix.

The FIA ​​has confirmed it has removed protesters who broke into the Silverstone circuit during the opening round of the British Grand Prix.

Photos surfaced on social media of people at the track shortly after the race was red flagged following a massive first corner crash involving Zhou Guanyu, George Russell and Alex Albon.

And officials have confirmed that those who took to the track were “immediately” removed.

Zhou Guanyu suffered a terrifying crash on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix when the red flag was released at Silverstone.

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Zhou Guanyu suffered a terrifying crash on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix when the red flag was released at Silverstone.

Zhou Guanyu suffered a terrifying crash on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix when the red flag was released at Silverstone.

An F1 spokesperson told Sky Sports: “We can confirm that several people tried to get onto the track after the red flag. These people were immediately removed and the matter is now being dealt with by local authorities.”

Northamptonshire Police released a statement on social media after the race resumed confirming arrests have been made.

The statement said: “We can confirm that a number of people have taken to the track following the red flag. All have been safely removed and a number of arrests have been made.

“We continue to ask people to be extra vigilant and to report suspicious matters to us.”

Earlier this week, Northamptonshire and Silverstone police issued a warning to deter possible protests ahead of race day, after receiving information that individuals may be trying to access the track.

Event Commander – Chief Inspector Tom Thompson, said: “It is extremely dangerous to go on a live racetrack – if you continue with this reckless plan, you are putting lives at risk.

“Protesting is of course everyone’s human right in this country and we are more than happy to talk to you to help you facilitate a peaceful protest on the track. We just ask you not to create a situation that puts lives at risk.”

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