Saturday’s final Formula 1 practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix was interrupted by an unexpected visitor when a giant lizard made its way onto the track.
FP3 was red flagged after 10 minutes when Pascal Wehrlein clipped the wall with the rear of his Manor, damaging his rear wing and leaving debris across the track.
As the drivers began to make their way back to the pits, Max Verstappen came across the giant lizard sitting in the middle of the track, narrowly avoiding it.
“Woah, there’s a giant lizard on the track!” Verstappen told his Red Bull team over the radio.
“I’m not joking, out of Turn 3!”
“Face to face with Godzilla then mate!” his engineer joked back.
Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.
The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.
“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”
In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.
VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.
A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.
NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.