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GP Week : Issue 228
Police have arrested the spectator who triggered a safety car by invading the Marina Bay circuit midway through the singapore Grand Prix. On lap 38 of the 61 lap race a spectator was spotted walking along the circuit at Esplanade Drive between turns 13 and 14. The man climbed through a gap in the fence before crossing the circuit and walking back towards turn 13. At that point of the circuit cars reach speeds of 290kph, with race leader Sebastian Vettel the first to pass the t-shirt clad man. Vettel radioed to his team: “There is a fan on the track. There is a fan on the track.” Asked about the incident post-race, Jenson Button claimed he hadn’t seen the man on circuit though did quip that he was “probably safer than some of the drivers.” Officials immediately deployed the safety car to neutralise the race before the man climbed off the circuit through a gap in the fence. Shortly after the race it was confirmed Singaporean police had arrested a 27-year-old man. “This follows an incident in which an unidentified man gained unauthorised entry to the circuit during the race,” read a statement from the FIA. “We are awaiting a full report from the clerk of the course in order to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident.” Fans invading the circuit is nothing new. Earlier this year a man crossed the circuit during practice for the Chinese Grand Prix, believing part of the ticket included the opportunity to drive the cars. At the 2003 British Grand Prix a priest invaded the circuit, forcing Mark Webber to take avoiding action, while the 2000 German Grand Prix was interrupted by a disgruntled Mercedes employee. Both races were won by Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello. After Singapore Ferrari is now three from three in recent track invasions after Sebastian Vettel's victory in Singapore. 30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SINGAPORE PARTNERS: too close to the action