Video: Driver hits dog in F1 support race

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The GP2 sprint race at the Istanbul circuit this morning has been disrupted due to animals on the circuit.

Halfway through the race a furious Bruno Senna brought his wrecked iSport car into the garage having collided with a dog on the back straight.

A second dog was seen running around turn two and the organisers quickly deployed the safety car while it was caught. (Update; there is a video below, not for the squeamish).

Keeping animals out of racing circuits is always difficult. Last year Anthony Davidson’s race at Montreal was ruined when he hit an animal.

But the consequences can be much worse. Former F1 driver Cristiano da Matta suffered severe head injuries when he hit a deer during Champ Car testing at Elkhart Lake.

ISport team principal Paul Jackson was understandably concerned: “People are going to have to look at it and see what action needs to be taken. The organisers need to take a serious look at that.”

Bruno, nephew of Ayrton Senna, postponed his racing career for several years following his uncle’s death at San Marino in 1994.