Singapore GP: The race organisers confirmed that, a 27-year-old guy has been arrested following invading the F1 track during the Singapore Grand Prix.
On Lap 37, Ferrari’s team radio crackled to life with the frantic screams of Vettel, who saw a man climbing over the barriers at Sector Two of the circuit near Suntec City.
“There’s a man on the track! Man on the track!” the German hollered.
But the trespasser climbed out of the track a few moments later.
At least the drivers saw the lighter side of the potentially dangerous situation. Said race winner Sebastian Vettel: “Maybe he was trying to take a picture. I hope it was a good one.”
“It’s dangerous because we are going at 280-290kmh. I wouldn’t cross the road if I were him, maybe next season, (the organisers) can block the grandstand. Fortunately, nothing happened to the drivers and to him.” Vettel added.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who finished second, added: “Thanks to the guy on the track, I appreciate that. He helped to slow things down.”
This is not the first time that someone’s gained access to a track during a Grand Prix – in April, a viewer crossed the circuit during a practice race of the Chinese Grand Prix, at the 2003 British Grand Prix a priest ran across the track, and a disgruntled former Mercedes employee invaded the track during the 2000 race in Germany.