Published On: Mon, Sep 19th, 2016

‘There’s a giant lizard on the track!’ says Formula One driver Verstappen


‘There’s a giant lizard on the track!’ says Formula One driver Verstappen

Max Verstappen survives a ‘face to face with Godzilla’ during Singapore Grand Prix final practice

  • Max Verstappen had a close call during Singapore Grand Prix final practice
  • The Red Bull driver was testing the circuit when a lizard crossed the track
  • An amusing exchange followed over the race radio, with Red Bull joking Verstappen had just survived a close shave with ‘Godzilla’

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen is used to living life on the edge in Formula One but would not have thought his driving career would have seen him get up close with Godzilla.

During final practice ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix Verstappen spotted a giant lizard crossing the track on the Marina Bay circuit and radioed in to inform his team.

The teenage driver was heard saying: ‘There’s a giant lizard on the track’. His Red Bull colleagues back in pits saw the funny side of the situation and told Verstappen: ‘You came face to face with Godzilla then.’

The pictures taken from Verstappen’s car as he tested out the Singapore track show just how close the lizard came to becoming an innocent victim with the cars whistling past just metres away.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg edged out Verstappen to set the fastest time in Saturday’s pre-qualifying practice session.

Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg’s teammate and title rival, had another disjointed session and was only eighth fastest.

Rosberg, who trails Hamilton by two points going into Sunday’s race, set a fastest lap of 1 minute, 44.352 seconds on the street circuit, just six hundredths of a second faster than Verstappen.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third, half a second off Rosberg’s time, indicating the fight for pole position later Saturday should be between the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers.

Hamilton followed Friday’s pattern of overshooting his braking points when using the softest compound tire, and his best time was 1.5 seconds off Rosberg.

Courtesy: Daily Mail

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