Ugly scenes at the 2022 Dutch Grand Prix

More distasteful fan behaviour took place during qualifying in the Netherlands.

There was commotion at the side of the track on Saturday after a spectator threw a flare onto the circuit during qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix.

Alex Albon had just headed out onto the circuit at the start of the second qualifying session but, shortly after he had left the pits, a red flag was called.

Williams team principal, Jost Capito, had a confused look on his face, as did many others, but it was soon revealed that a silly member of the orange army had launched a flare onto the asphalt.

Fans had been politely asked ahead of the weekend not to bring flares to the circuit, but they could frequently be seen being lit up in the grandstands as orange smoke billowed.

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After the fan had thrown the flare, there was a visible disagreement among those watching the action trackside, with many other spectators understandably upset that the fan had endangered marshals, drivers and other spectators by lobbing the object over the fence.

Thankfully, Albon was the only driver on track, and the red flag was called before he had made it to the scene of the incident, so he was able to pass it without any dramas.

Later on in Q3, another flare was thrown, but it did not interfere with the action as it rolled underneath the wall in the pit exit.

These incidents follow multiple incidents of misbehaviour from fans this season.

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Two men ended up in hospital, and another four were arrested, after a brawl broke out at the Silverstone Circuit, before incidents of racism, sexism, homophobia and sexual harassment were reported in Austria.

A photographer was allegedly struck in the face by a security guard in Hungary, while Max Verstappen fans were seen burning Sir Lewis Hamilton merchandise in Budapest as well.

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Dutch Grand Prix sporting director and former Formula 1 driver, Jan Lammers, had previously promised that the fans this weekend would be “on their best behaviour.”

Asides from the occasional flare, the majority of the fans this weekend appear to have conducted themselves amicably.