Sunday, September 18, 2016

Monitor lizard invades F1 race track, startles Red Bull's Verstappen

PHOTO: Max Verstappen avoids lizard in Singapore
Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen was given a surprise when he was forced to avoid a large monitor lizard that made its way onto the track during practice at the Singapore Grand Prix.
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SINGAPORE - Formula One acquired an exotic addition to its list of wildlife hazards on Saturday after a large monitor lizard wandered onto the Singapore Grand Prix circuit during final practice.

"There's a giant lizard on the track," exclaimed Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.



Bizarre sighting
PHOTO: Bizarre sighting: The lizard scampered across the track after Verstappen passed it. "There's a giant lizard on the track," exclaimed Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.
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"You came face to face with Godzilla," the 18-year-old's engineer told him over the pit-to-car radio after the startled Dutchman alerted the team to the reptile's presence.

"New friend in FP3," commented McLaren driver Fernando Alonso on Instagram to accompany a picture of the animal on the asphalt.



You came face to face with Godzilla
PHOTO: "You came face to face with Godzilla," the 18-year-old's engineer told him over the pit-to-car radio after the startled Dutchman alerted the team to the reptile's presence.
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Drivers are used to groundhogs and foxes making track incursions at Canada's Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal while stray dogs proved a danger when the sport raced at India's Buddh circuit near New Delhi.

Deer have appeared on track in Austria in the past, snakes in Malaysia and a cat ran out in front of cars in Azerbaijan's debut race this year in Baku.



Snakes appeared on track in Malaysia
PHOTO: Deer have appeared on track in Austria in the past
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There have also been a number of human incursions, including one at last year's Singapore race when a lone intruder ambled across the floodlit track midway through the race and then strolled by the metal fences as cars came past.

"I had to look again as I wasn't sure if I had a problem with my eyesight and that I actually saw somebody crossing the track," Ferrari's race winner Sebastian Vettel told reporters at the time.

A 27-year-old British national was later sentenced to six weeks in jail for breaching the security fences.

By Reuters, Saturday, 17 September 2016


I wasn't sure if I had a problem with my eyesight
PHOTO: I wasn't sure if I had a problem with my eyesight
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 F1 drivers, Singapore Grand Prix 2016, executed more than enough outstripping manoeuvres to fill a video compilation.
PHOTO:  F1 drivers, Singapore Grand Prix 2016, executed more than enough outstripping manoeuvres to fill a video compilation.
Nico Rosberg (in white), Mercedes Formula 1 driver, taking selfies with fans during a public appearance event organised by watch brand IWC Schaffhausen at ION Orchard.
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