Northamptonshire Police have told potential protestors at this weekend’s British Grand Prix that they would be putting the lives of marshals and drivers at risk should they invade the track.
Rumours began spreading before the weekend that protestors, who are rumoured to be climate activists, plan to invade the circuit in Towcester on Sunday and disrupt the race.
Northamptonshire police stated that they have received “credible intelligence” of a planned protest, and advised them against reckless actions that will put multiple lives at risk.
“We have received credible intelligence that a group of protestors are planning to disrupt the 2022 Formula One British Grand Prix and possibly invade the track on race day,” they tweeted.
“We want to appeal directly to this group of people. We strongly urge you to not put yourselves, the drivers, as well as the many marshals, volunteers and members of the public, at risk.
“Going onto a live racetrack is extremely dangerous – if you go ahead with this reckless plan you’re jeopardising lives.
“Protesting is of course everyone’s human right in this country and we are more than happy to speak with you to help you facilitate a peaceful protest at the circuit, we just please ask that you do not create a situation that puts lives in danger.”
Stuart Pringle, managing director of the Silverstone Circuit, added that he is working collaboratively with the local police service to snuff out any threats to the race, and asked fans to “remain vigilant” of anybody acting suspiciously.
“We work closely with Northamptonshire Police and the emergency service agencies to put plans and procedures in place to ensure we are fully prepared to handle such situations,” he stated.
“I am confident, under the lead of the Police, and with the pooled resources of our partners, that we can deliver a safe and secure event for the fans which remains our overriding priority.
“As is the case at every major event we must remain vigilant and ask all at Silverstone to act as our eyes and ears and report anything suspicious to a steward.”
The 2003 British Grand Prix became famous for a track invasion by Neil Horan, who entered the Hangar Straight forcing multiple drivers to swerve to avoid him.
The miscreant was sentenced to six months in prison, and the marshal who tackled him, Stephen Green, was later awarded the BARC Browning medal for his “outstanding bravery.”