|© AP Photo/ Roberto Pfeil
An act by miscreants forced the owners of the Nurburgring to close down the legendary 14-mile Nordschleife circuit temporarily on Sunday morning.
A giant graffiti of a penis, 15 meters in length and four meters wide, was painted on the track by vandals yet to be identified, with workers shutting the track for nearly 90 minutes to have it removed by a special cleaning vehicle.
Local police estimated that about 20 litres of paint was used, according to news agency APA, resulting in the section to be extremely slippery, which could have caused cars to skid on the track.
Nordschleife used to host the German Grand Prix until 1976, following which it was deemed too dangerous for Formula 1 cars to race on particularly after Niki Lauda nearly burned to death in a horrifying accident that year.
However, the track, laced with sporadic graffiti throughout its course, has been open for members of the public to drive their road-legal cars in anger for a fee.