A fan that invaded the track during the second practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday has been arrested, according to a report.
During the 90-minute session at the Shanghai International Circuit on Friday afternoon, TV footage showed a fan running across the main straight on a live track.
The spectator darted over the track in the brief gap between Marcus Ericsson and Nico Hulkenberg on track before vaulting through a gap in the pit wall. The session continued as normal without a caution flag being shown.
According to a report by Press Association‘s Ian Parkes, the fan had scaled a ten-foot fence to get out of the grandstand area before crossing the track and making his way into the pit lane.
He was then caught by security staff after making his way into the Ferrari garage and telling the team that he wished to try out one of its cars.
The fan was subsequently arrested. The FIA and circuit officials are now investigating the security breach.
Race steward for the Chinese Grand Prix and former F1 driver Mark Blundell was quick to take to Twitter to express his disbelief at what had happened.
So madness moment of the day goes to the guy who jumped the fence and ran across the track in front of a F1 car at 160mph plus.. #crazyman
— Mark Blundell (@markblundellf1) April 10, 2015
This is not the first time that a fan has been out on track during a grand prix weekend session, though. The 2000 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim was affected by a fired Mercedes employee who looked to disrupt the race by going out on the track, whilst the 2003 British Grand Prix saw defrocked priest Neil Horan run towards the cars on the Hangar Straight waving religious signs.
Thankfully, in both of those incidents – and in the one today – no-one was hurt, but the FIA will be investigating the matter to ensure that there is no repeat across the remainder of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend.