Track intruder raises heat further

A man venturing briefly onto the track during the Singapore Grand Prix on Sept 20, 2015.
A man venturing briefly onto the track during the Singapore Grand Prix on Sept 20, 2015. PHOTO: FORMULA 1/TWITTER

While Sebastian Vettel made history by winning a record fourth Singapore Grand Prix, there was also plenty of chatter on the man who strayed onto the Marina Bay Street Circuit in the middle of the race last night.

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 press time, it was unclear if he was arrested and there were no comments from race organiser Singapore GP.

At least the drivers saw the lighter side of the potentially dangerous situation. Said Vettel: "Maybe he was trying to take a picture. I hope it was a good one."

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."

On a more serious note, Vettel said: "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."

The last time someone invaded the track at an F1 race was in April at the Chinese Grand Prix. The man was arrested.

Wang Meng Meng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2015, with the headline 'Track intruder raises heat further'. Print Edition | Subscribe