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2013-08-26 11:41

EMBARRASSING SHELL: Greenpeace staged a protest against Shell at the 2013 Belgian GP. The environmental crusaders said embarrassing Shell was “Priceless.” YouTube

Formula 1's governing body could penalise organisers of the 2013 Belgian F1 GP for not preventing the Greenpeace protests after Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel’s victory.

Before the race, protesters from the environmental group staged a demonstration against race sponsor Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic.

Greenpeace invasion - gallery

Two paragliders flew over the circuit, trailing a banner, and others then climbed onto the grandstand roof and unfurled a 20m banner that read "ARCTIC OIL? SHELL NO!"

The FIA could penalise race organisers for "not having adequate security measures in place".

'SET OFF BOMBS'

Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko commented: "It's a worry. Imagine if it had been an organisation that didn't want to unfurl banners but wanted to set off bombs."

Video: Greenpeace spoils Spa podium

Greenpeace international executive director Kumi Naidoo said: "I was a fan of GP racing when I was growing up but I am not a fan of what Shell is doing in the Arctic. Right now we are in the race of our lives against Shell, a company that sees the melting of the Arctic as a business opportunity rather than a warning."

PODIUM SABOTAGE

The protest was planned weeks in advance, claims Greenpeace. In a video uploaded to YouTube, Greenpeace explained: "A few weeks ago we snuck two remote-controlled banners into the (Belgian) GP circuit.”

Greenpeace sent out the following message:

"Banner material - R680
"Four car radio antennas - R1200
"Embarrassing Shell on its biggest PR day of the year - Priceless"
 
Click here for the 2013 Belgian grand prix race results

Qualifying
Third practice
Second practice
First practice


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