Singapore F1 race organisers investigating possible breach of track security, alleged bribery

Organisers are investigating an alleged breach in track security during the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix. (Photo: Screengrab from Facebook)

The Singapore Grand Prix race organisers are investigating an alleged breach in track security after a social media post surfaced about F1 fans allegedly bribing a guard in order to access the track.

The investigation was triggered by an article on website All Singapore Stuff on 17 September which appeared to reproduce a Facebook post that shows a man and woman posing inside the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

The post caption said, “3am in the morning. Bribed the security guard to let us onto the track. He not only agreed, he took the photo. Non F1 fans won’t understand this, but most of us will.”

A spokesperson from the Singapore Grand Prix said in a statement, “The safety of our patrons is of utmost priority and we view the allegation of bribery seriously.

“We are working with SRS, the appointed security agency assigned to the reported area, to investigate the claim.”

A previous security breach during the 2015 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix involved a British man strolling along the track during a race. He was later jailed for six weeks.

In 2016, a monitor lizard appeared on the track during a practice run, causing Red Bull driver Max Verstappen to tell his team, “There’s a giant lizard on the track! I’m not joking.”

Briton Lewis Hamilton won this year’s edition – the 10th anniversary of the night race in Singapore – after rival Sebastian Vettel crashed out just after the race began.

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