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British Grand Prix: Seven arrested after protesters invaded the Silverstone circuit during the opening lap

Footage surfaced on social media of protesters entering the Northamptonshire circuit on the first lap, shortly after the race was red flagged due to a large crash at the first corner. Northamptonshire Police confirm seven arrests

Last updated: 03/07/22 18:42

Craig Slater confirms details that protesters stormed the Silverstone circuit during the British Grand Prix.

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Craig Slater confirms details that protesters stormed the Silverstone circuit during the British Grand Prix.

Craig Slater confirms details that protesters stormed the Silverstone circuit during the British Grand Prix.

Northamptonshire Police have confirmed seven people have been arrested after protesters invaded the Silverstone circuit during the opening round of the British Grand Prix.

Images of people on the circuit surfaced on social media shortly after the race was red flagged after a serious first corner crash involving Zhou Guanyu, George Russell and Alex Albon.

And officials have confirmed those who entered the track were removed “immediately”.

Zhou Guanyu suffered a scary crash on the first lap of the British Grand Prix as the red flag was raised at Silverstone.

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Zhou Guanyu suffered a scary crash on the first lap of the British Grand Prix as the red flag was raised at Silverstone.

Zhou Guanyu suffered a scary crash on the first lap of the British Grand Prix as the red flag was raised at Silverstone.

An F1 spokesman told Sky Sports: “We can confirm that several people attempted to enter the track after the red flag. These individuals were immediately removed and the matter is now being dealt with by local authorities.”

Northamptonshire Police released a statement on social media after racing resumed to confirm arrests had been made.

The statement said: “We can confirm that after the red flag a number of people entered the track. All were safely removed and a number of arrests made. We continue to ask people to be extra vigilant and report anything suspicious to us.”

Northamptonshire and Silverstone Police issued a warning earlier in the week to deter possible pre-race day protests after receiving information people might be trying to access the track.

Event Commander, Chief Inspector Tom Thompson said after the race: “I’m really disappointed that this group of people ignored our pre-race day warnings and made the incredibly dangerous decision to go out on track.

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz secured his first Formula One win in a thrilling British Grand Prix.

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Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz secured his first Formula One win in a thrilling British Grand Prix.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz secured his first Formula One win in a thrilling British Grand Prix.

“We offered to host a peaceful event at the circuit, but instead they chose to risk the lives of the drivers, marshals and volunteers. It’s incredibly disappointing that anyone would choose to do this.”

“Luckily we had plans for such an event and the group was quickly removed and arrested by our officers. All seven are currently in detention where their details are being determined.

“Finally, I would like to thank all officers and staff, as well as our partners, who have worked tirelessly on this police operation. In general we had very low crime rates, today’s incident was dealt with effectively and efficiently and I could not have asked for more.”

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