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    F1 CEO Domenicali slams British GP local weather protestors

    The Simply Cease Oil local weather activist group has claimed accountability for demonstrators who jumped the barrier by the bridge on the Wellington Straight at Silverstone and sat on the observe.

    The race was purple flagged for the terrifying first-corner Zhou Guanyu shunt as then chief Max Verstappen got here throughout the protestors earlier than marshals arrived on the scene.

    Northamptonshire police, who acquired “credible intelligence” on Friday {that a} protest may happen, issued a press release confirming that seven individuals have been arrested.

    In response to the disruption, Domenicali has hit out on the protestors for his or her “fully irresponsible and harmful actions” that “put lives in peril”.

    The F1 boss stated: “Everybody has the best to talk out on points, however nobody has the best to place lives in peril.

    “The actions of a small group of individuals at present have been fully irresponsible and harmful.

    “We thank the police for his or her nice work, and we shouldn’t be complacent concerning the threat this posed to the protection of the drivers, marshals, followers and the people themselves.”

    The Italian had earlier instructed Sky Sports activities that whereas “you possibly can protest no matter you need”, occasions at Silverstone have been “ridiculous to see… that’s the minimal I can say.”

    Nonetheless, drivers have given some help to the environmental reason for the protest even when they’ve condemned the tactic chosen.

    Talking within the press convention, podium-finisher Lewis Hamilton stated: “I really like that individuals are preventing for the planet and we want extra individuals like them.”

    This was clarified by the staff, with a Mercedes assertion studying: “Lewis was endorsing their proper to protest however not the tactic that they selected, which compromised their security and that of others”.

    The seven-time champion then added on Twitter: “Please don’t soar on to our race circuits to protest, we don’t wish to put you in hurt’s method.”

    Though some drivers stated they have been unaware of individuals on observe on the primary lap, Charles Leclerc – then operating in fourth having been jumped by Hamilton – stated: “I believed they have been marshals, I believe as a result of they have been in orange [t-shirts].

    “Then I checked and there have been written issues there that I didn’t learn, as a result of we have been going too fast.”

    Alpine pilot Esteban Ocon added his concern that all these incidents have been growing: “I used to be not too harmful, the pace I used to be going, however I do not know if the blokes noticed them at the beginning being three large or one thing like this.

    “In the intervening time, we’re seeing {that a} bit an excessive amount of – the French Open, that is one in all them that we noticed.

    “There’s rather a lot in France that I noticed as nicely, on the street, on the motorway.

    “I imply, I perceive some concepts, however that is risking their life. And that may’t occur.”

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