Red Bull’s Sergio Perez – who secured P2 – agreed with Sainz. He said: “It’s great to see people fight for the cause but obviously it’s good (if) they don’t put themselves or other people are risk.
“I’m sure F1 can still do more and we have to keep pushing all together to show a good example.”
F1 has pledged to go net-zero carbon by 2030 and is introducing sustainable synthetic fuels with a new engine formula in 2026. Northamptonshire Police later said seven people had been arrested with the news coming after the police said they received ‘credible intelligence’ on Friday that a group of protestors were planning to disrupt the race.
On Sunday, chief inspector Tom Thompson said: “I’m really disappointed that this group of people ignored our warnings prior to race day and made the incredibly dangerous decision to enter the track.
“We offered to facilitate a peaceful event at the circuit but they instead chose to put the lives of the drivers, marshals and volunteers at risk. It is incredibly disappointing that anyone would make the decision to do this.
“Thankfully, we had plans in place for an eventuality such as this and the group were swiftly removed and arrested by our officers. All seven are currently in custody where their details are being ascertained.”