There was a brief moment of levity in the first practice session at Marina Bay, with a big lizard running onto the track and causing a yellow flag at the Singapore Grand Prix.
This is not the first time that local wildlife in Singapore has made its way onto the circuit, with lizards having been a presence on the track in years gone by.
But this time around, a large lizard made its way onto the track on the exit of the Turn 8 hairpin, standing in the middle of the road and causing multiple drivers to take evasive action.
“Ah! There’s a lizard again on the track, a smaller one this time,” Max Verstappen exclaimed over team radio.
Race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase then quipped in reply: “Understood. Maybe Godzilla had a kid.”
But later on in the session, the yellow flags were out again as Carlos Sainz reported a second lizard on track as it came through Turn 9, interrupting the drivers on their way around the streets of Marina Bay.
And just before the end, George Russell clocked a third lizard on track that the drivers had to make their way around in Singapore, with preparations well underway for Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix.