Formula 1: activists break into the Silverstone circuit

Formula 1: activists break into the Silverstone circuit

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FORMULA 1 – Before Carlos Sainz’s first career victory this Sunday July 3 on the Silverstone circuit, an unusual event occurred on British asphalt.

Moments after the start of the tenth Grand Prix of the Formula 1 season, marked by the spectacular crash of Guanyu Zho, an action by anti-fossil fuel activists took place in the middle of the circuit.

These environmental activists, five in number (including four in fluorescent orange outfits), crossed the security gates to enter the circuit. Fortunately this extremely dangerous action did not cause any injuries, the single-seaters having been forced to slow down following the interruption of the race after the accident which occurred on the first lap.

In a press release, the group Just Stop Oil, which calls for the cessation of the exploitation of fossil fuels in the United Kingdom, claimed responsibility for the operation carried out this Sunday on the track of the Silverstone circuit while the race was interrupted.

“Five Just Stop Oil activists disrupted the British Grand Prix at Silverstone by trespassing on the track and sitting on it,” writes the environmental group. “They are demanding that the government immediately halt new oil and gas projects in the UK and have said they will continue to disrupt sporting and cultural events…until this demand is met.”

Also according to Just Stop Oil, the five protesters were kicked off the track by circuit officials and local police, as seen in videos posted on social media.

Just Stop Oil already at work on a Van Gogh painting

For its part, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) confirmed the operation in a press release, but qualified: several demonstrators “tried to enter” the circuit after the red flag following the accident which occurred at the start of the race. “These people were immediately removed and the case is now being handled by the local authorities,” concludes the FIA.

Northamptonshire police as well as Silverstone officials had warned before the weekend against the risk of such interventions on the basis of information obtained from the environmental movement.

Just Stop Oil had already been noticed during this same week. On Thursday June 30, this UK climate activist group also dressed up in orange t-shirts before sticking to a painting by Vincent Van Gogh in London’s Courtauld Gallery.

They aimed at the painting Peach trees in bloom painted by Van Gogh in 1889. “Sorry everyone, we don’t want to do this, we are glued to this painting, this magnificent painting, because we are terrified for our future”, explained in a video posted by the organization Louis McKechnie, a 21-year-old activist.

This Sunday, the five demonstrators involved in the intrusion of the Silverstone circuit were all arrested.

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