Martin Brundle slaps down Gary Lineker as MOTD host backs British GP protesters

Martin Brundle has slapped down Gary Lineker after the Match of the Day host defended the protesters who invaded the track at the start of the British Grand Prix.

Seven people from climate activist group Just Stop Oil were arrested after the invasion on the opening lap at Silverstone , with five of them storming the Wellington Straight before sitting down in the middle of the track. The race had already been suspended following Zhou Guanyu’s high-speed crash, but a number of cars sped by as the quintet held their protest before being dragged away by marshals.

In the wake of the incident, Lineker defended the protesters’ cause, tweeting: “If it’s not already too late, history will look back very favourably on these people.”

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However, F1 legend Brundle, a commentator for Sky Sports has told Lineker not to encourage such dangerous actions, although he defended their right to protest about environmental issues.

“Gary please don’t encourage this reckless behaviour,” Brundle replied. “They’d have been sliced into 100 pieces and fans, marshals and drivers were wholly at risk of injury and death. We already had one lucky escape. I totally 100% support freedom of speech and opinion, but do it responsibly.”

Lewis Hamilton, who finished third, defended the protesters during the post-race press conference, saying: “Big up those guys. Big up the protesters. I love that people are fighting for the planet and we need more people like them.”

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Hamilton later moved to clarify his support, revealing he had not realised protesters had stormed the track when making his comments straight after the race.

“As we’ve seen today, this is a dangerous sport,” said Hamilton in a social media statement. “I wasn’t aware of the protests today, and while I’ll always support those standing up for what they believe in, it must be done safely. Please don’t jump on to our race circuits to protest, we don’t want to put you in harm’s way.”

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz, who won the race, said: “As soon as I came out of Turn Five I saw three guys running towards me.

“People have the opportunity to speak out because it is their right, but I don’t believe jumping onto a Formula One track is the best way to do it, and putting yourself at risk, and the other drivers. You have to be more careful because you could get killed and generate an accident.”


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