A man has been arrested after scaling a fence and dashing across the home straight to the pit lane during second free practice for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The incident occurred during the early stages of FP2 at the Shanghai International Circuit, the man getting onto the circuit close to the front of the grid markings just as a Force India was starting entering the home stretch.

Proceeding to get into the pit lane, the man was swiftly accosted by security before being arrested by police, with sources saying he claimed to 'want to drive an F1 car'.

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