F1 News: Police reveal potential track invasion during British GP
In a publicly issued statement, the Police have received “credible evidence” to suggest protesters are planning to invade the track during Sunday’s British GP.
The Northamptonshire police released a statement highlighting that those planning to invade the track should reconsider and that such a course of action would be “jeopardising lives”.
We have received credible intelligence that a group of protestors are planning to disrupt the 2022 Formula 1 British Grand Prix and possibly invade the track on race day.
We want to appeal directly to this group of people.
— Northants Police (@NorthantsPolice) July 1, 2022
The Police’s complete statement reads:
“We have received credible intelligence that a group of protestors are planning to disrupt the 2022 Formula 1 British Grand Prix and possibly invade the track on race day. We want to appeal directly to this group of people.
We strongly urge you to not put yourselves, the drivers, as well as the many marshals, volunteers & members of the public at risk. Going onto a live racetrack is extremely dangerous – if you go ahead with this reckless plan, you’re jeopardising lives.
Protesting is, of course, everyone’s human right in this country & we are more than happy to speak with you to help you facilitate a peaceful protest at the circuit. We just please ask that you do not create a situation that puts lives in danger.”
Given Formula 1’s status as a global event, it is of little surprise that protestors would consider targeting a Grand Prix to make a statement and draw public attention.
F1 has been used as an opportunity for activists and protestors to make statements on plenty of occasions before, so it will be important for the sport and Police to remain vigilant to prevent any undesirable outcomes this weekend.