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Formula 1 | Sainz: Silverstone activists could have been killed

At the British Grand Prix, a protest by the activist group “Just Stop Oil” caused a stir – and a lot of shaking of heads. During the opening lap of the Formula 1 race at Silverstone, demonstrators managed to break through the fence and onto the Wellington straight.

By the time the cars got there, the red flag had already been waved for Zhou Guanyu’s accident, meaning they were slowing down. Luckily nobody was hurt. Seven people were arrested.

When asked about the protest, Lewis Hamilton showed understanding for the real intention of the demonstrators, namely climate protection: “I think it’s great that people are fighting for the planet.” However, he also emphasized that such actions must be safe and should not endanger anyone.

“As we have seen, this is a very dangerous sport,” Hamilton wrote in an Instagram story, referring to Zhou’s accident. “I was unaware of the protest and while I will always support those who stand up for what they believe in, this must be done safely.”

“Please don’t jump onto our race tracks to protest, we don’t want to put you in danger,” warned the seven-time world champion. Shortly before, Mercedes had also stated that the right to protest was approved, “but not the method they chose that endangers their safety and that of others”.

Although the action itself was condemned by the entire field of riders, the environmental concerns raised by the activists met with sympathy from many. Sebastian Vettel showed “full understanding of their fears and concerns”.

Pérez: “Formula 1 definitely has to do more”

Regarding climate protection, Sergio Pérez stressed: “Formula 1 definitely has to do more, it has to keep pushing and keep improving and going in that direction. And it’s great to see people fighting for their cause , but of course they shouldn’t put anyone in danger.”

“I think people have the opportunity to speak out and demonstrate wherever they want because that’s a right,” added race winner Carlos Sainz. “I just don’t think it’s the best way to jump onto a Formula 1 track and put yourself and every other driver in danger.”

“I think Formula 1 is already doing a great job trying to become carbon neutral by 2030. We are pushing this area and pushing Formula 1 and the FIA ​​to find ways in that direction,” says the Ferrari Pilot good approaches.

“I just don’t think jumping onto a Formula 1 track is the right way to draw attention and protest. You have to be a little more careful because you could get killed or cause an accident.”

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