Giant lizard surprises Formula One driver Max Verstappen

Formula One acquired an exotic addition to its list of wildlife hazards on Saturday after a large monitor lizard wandered onto the Singapore Grand Prix circuit during final practice.

“There’s a giant lizard on the track,” exclaimed Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.

“You came face to face with Godzilla,” the 18-year-old’s engineer told him over the pit-to-car radio, after the startled Dutchman alerted the team to the reptile’s presence.

 

 

Drivers are used to groundhogs and foxes making track incursions at Canada’s Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal while stray dogs proved a danger when the sport raced at India’s Buddh circuit near New Delhi.

“I had to look again as I wasn’t sure if I had a problem with my eyesight and that I actually saw somebody crossing the track,” Ferrari’s race winner Sebastian Vettel told reporters at the time.

A 27-year-old British national was later sentenced to six weeks in jail for breaching the security fences.

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