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Simply Cease Oil protestors invaded the monitor in the beginning of final yr’s British Grand Prix; The race had already been crimson flagged after an enormous first-corner crash involving Zhou Guanyu, George Russell and Alex Albon.

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Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou of China crashes at the start of the British Grand Prix

Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou of China crashes initially of the British Grand Prix

Simply Cease Oil protestors precipitated “a direct threat of great hurt” to Formulation 1 drivers and race marshals by invading the monitor throughout final yr’s British Grand Prix, prosecutors have claimed.

A jury at Northampton Crown Court docket was proven in-car footage of drivers Yuki Tsunoda and Esteban Ocon passing three males and two ladies who had been sitting on and being dragged off Silverstone’s Wellington Straight final July.

Video recorded by Lewis Hamilton’s automotive passing protesters shortly earlier than the monitor invasion was additionally proven in the course of the Crown’s opening speech – together with video statements issued by 5 of six defendants who’re on trial.

David Baldwin, 47, Emily Brocklebank, 24, Alasdair Gibson, 22, Louis McKechnie, 22, Bethany Mogie, 40, and Joshua Smith, 29, all deny inflicting a public nuisance on the Northamptonshire circuit in July final yr.

Brocklebank, of Yeadon, Leeds; Gibson, from Aberdeen; Mogie, from St Albans; McKechnie, from Manchester; and Smith, from Lees in Oldham, went on to the race circuit in the course of the protest.

Baldwin, of Stonesfield, Oxfordshire, was present in a carpark together with glue, cable ties and a Simply Cease Oil banner and is alleged by the Crown to have been “in it collectively” together with his co-defendants.

The British Grand Prix was red flagged on lap one after a huge first-corner crash which sent Guanyu Zhou upsidedown into the catch fencing

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The British Grand Prix was crimson flagged on lap one after an enormous first-corner crash which despatched Guanyu Zhou upsidedown into the catch fencing

The British Grand Prix was crimson flagged on lap one after an enormous first-corner crash which despatched Guanyu Zhou upsidedown into the catch fencing

Opening the prosecution case on Wednesday, prosecutor Simon Jones instructed the court docket: “This case considerations the actions of six Simply Cease Oil protesters.

“The prosecution say that these defendants dedicated a legal act of public nuisance. As occasions unfolded, the F1 Grand Prix had began and it was below a crimson flag after a severe accident had occurred on the very begin.

“Every of those defendants had been current at Silverstone and so they had been intent on inflicting a disruption to the race.

“It’s not in dispute that 5 of the defendants on this case – all of them save for David Baldwin – made it onto the race monitor and they didn’t have permission to be there.

“There isn’t any dispute as to that, and so they sat down in entrance of the continued vehicles – Formulation 1 motor racing vehicles.

“They are going to inevitably say that this was carried out as an act of protest and so as to deliver publicity to the trigger and demand they make – of no new oil and gasoline licences.”

Video footage from varied digital camera angles protecting Silverstone was performed to the jury, in addition to private video statements from 5 of the defendants recorded a day earlier than the protest, together with a declare that the world is “being destroyed for the advantage of a couple of individuals”.

Earlier than the video compilation was performed to the court docket, Jones instructed the jury of seven ladies and 5 males: “You will note the second they obtained on the monitor, having initially waited for many of the automobiles to cross.

“You’ll then see two Formulation 1 racing vehicles driving previous the protesters… whereas 5 of the defendants had been on the monitor.

“You will note marshals having to run onto the monitor and drag the protesters off to the facet.

“The prosecution say that there was clearly a direct threat of great hurt being precipitated. Plainly they might have been struck by fast-moving automobiles with apparent extreme penalties.

“We are saying that their actions additionally precipitated threat to the drivers themselves and the marshals.”

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