Scroll down to see the ‘scariest’ animal that made its way onto an F1 track
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Another day, another groundhog on the F1 track at the Canadian Grand Prix. Groundhogs, or marmots, have popped up every year in Montreal since the event was first held in 1978.
During the 2007 race a groundhog infamously costed a driver’s chance for a podium finish. Super Aguri’s Anthony Davidson was running in third when he hit the poor critter, damaging his front wing.
To make matters worse, the pit crew were too busy watching the race on action that they were unaware Davidson came in for a pit stop, wiping away his chances of a podium finish.
During the Canadian Grand Prix 2012, a fox appeared on the circuit at Turn 4 during free practice. It was only afterward that Kimi Raikkonen later spotted a squirrel at Turn 8.
It’s quite common to see a bird on an F1 track. The birds fly down to pick up grubs. In 2016, Sebastian Vettel encountered two seagulls during the Canadian Grand Prix. A bird was sadly killed when it hit the airbox of Jenson Button’s Williams during testing in 2000.
A rabbit was found hopping on the F1 track during free practice for the 2009 Chinese Grand Prix.
Stray dogs are one of the more common animals to make their way out onto the F1 tracks. A dog infamously caused Bruno Senna to retire during the 2008 GP2 race in Turkey.
During the third practice session of the Singapore GP, one of the weirdest moments on track occurred when a giant lizard was spotted on track
The metre-long monitor lizard was captured on camera casually strolling across the Marina Bay circuit during the third and final practice session.
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen can be heard shouting over the team’s radio: “There’s a giant lizard on the track!”
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