The opening lap of last year’s Silverstone race was marred by a red flag, caused by Zhou Guanyu flipping his Alfa Romeo on the run to Turn 1. Fortunately, this interruption allowed the race officials to address another issue – members of the Just Stop Oil protest group were making their way onto the Wellington Straight as the cars were trundling down at reduced speed. This incident, however, was not an isolated one, as the group had previously interrupted the Snooker World Championship, the Rugby Premiership final, and the second Ashes cricket test.
Lando Norris, a driver for McLaren, was asked about the possibility of another interruption by the protestors in this year’s British Grand Prix. He expressed concern over such a possibility, citing the danger it presents to both the protestors and the drivers. Norris acknowledged that while everyone has the right to protest, there are better and safer ways to do so. He emphasized the negative consequences that such actions can have on the drivers, who may be caught up in the chaos.
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton, a prominent figure in Formula 1, recently voiced his support for the Just Stop Oil cause, but urged that any protest at the British Grand Prix be carried out in a responsible manner. Norris echoed Hamilton‘s sentiment, stressing the importance of protesting in the right way. He expressed confidence that the organizers at Silverstone would take necessary measures to prevent similar incidents from occurring again. Norris hoped that people would find other, safer ways to draw attention to their cause, as a track invasion not only poses risks for the protestors but also has significant consequences for the drivers involved. Overall, Norris indicated that he supports protest efforts as long as they are conducted in a responsible and safe manner.