A team of Greenpeace protesters attempted to disrupt Sunday’s Shell Belgian Grand Prix. The Formula One race was held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. An hour before race time, paragliders appeared over the circuit, displaying banners in protest of race sponsor Shell. The multinational oil company’s plans to drill in the Arctic were the target of Greenpeace’s messaging.
That was just the start.
Next came activists who scaled the main grandstand and then unfurled a banner with the words “Arctic oil? shell no!” Fans and drivers feared that the race would be postponed while police attempted to apprehend the protestors, but officials started the Grand Prix on time, despite the fact that activists were still hanging from the roof.
A final protester attempted to rush the podium at the end of the race amidst a booing crowd, but failed. However, Greenpeace got the final word as they had hidden messages weeks ago that were actived by remote. Including the anti-Shell banner that appeared as race winners Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, and Lewis Hamilton reached the podium.
Here’s the podium photo:
Below is an eye-witness video of the protester activities: