In what was either an extremely daring act or a completely thoughtless move, a Formula One fan decided to sprint across the track when the drivers were actually involved in their second free practice session at the Chinese Grand Prix.
It has been reported that this bizarre act was motivated by the fan’s desire to drive an F1 car himself. But he almost lost his life trying to get too close to one.
Meanwhile, Mercedes returned to being the fastest team on the circuit with reigning champion Lewis Hamilton and his teammate Nico Rosberg setting the pace in the first practice session at Shanghai. Hamilton was 0.5 seconds faster than Rosberg and 1.1 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton and Rosberg’s performances in the first practise session is bound to cheer up the Mercedes technical team, which has been working overtime to add improvements to the car following Mercedes’s loss in the Malaysian Grand Prix last week.
Fan is understood to have said he wanted to try a car. Was finally collared by security staff who then handed him onto the police.— Ian Parkes (@ianparkesf1) April 10, 2015