By Jerome Pugmire, AP, 25 August 2013
|© AP Photo/Luca Bruno
Before the Belgian Grand Prix started, protesters from the environmental group Greenpeace staged a brief demonstration against race sponsor Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic.
Two paragliders flew over the circuit, trailing a banner, and others then climbed onto the grandstand roof and unfurled a 20-meter long banner that read "ARCTIC OIL? SHELL NO!"
"I was a fan of Grand Prix racing when I was growing up, but I am not a fan of what Shell is doing in the Arctic," Greenpeace international executive director Kumi Naidoo said. "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."
During the podium ceremony, a protester tried to get on the podium but was prevented from doing so by circuit personnel. The episode prompted the crowd in the stands watching the ceremony to boo and cheer, in favour of the protester.
With inputs by F1 Pulse
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