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Why Greenpeace Protest at Belgian Grand Prix Was Not Necessarily Anti-F1

As Sebastian Vettel climbed to the top step of the podium to receive his Belgian Grand Prix winner's trophy, some eagle-eyed observers may have noticed a couple of small banners on the podium targeted against oil-giant Shell. Greenpeace had carefully planned a protest against Shell’s plan to continue drilling for oil in the Arctic, and the banners that had been planted on the podium were unfurled via remote control. Before the race, two hang gliders had flown over the circuit trailing similar banners, and protesters also managed to climb up the main grandstand and unfurl a banner opposite the pits with the message: “Arctic Oil? Shell No!” Boos rang out, although it’s unclear whether they were aimed at Greenpeace or ...

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