Red Bull bizarrely kept out of garage by police sniffer dog

Red Bull’s victory celebrations at the F1 Canadian Grand Prix took a strange turn when they were prevented from entering their garage due to a routine police sniffer dog search.
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen raced to victory in Montreal ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, although his teammate Sergio Perez failed to finish amid reliability issues.

But after the champagne was popped on the podium, Red Bull employees found themselves lingering around and unable to enter their garage to pack up.

Ted Kravitz reported for Sky Sports: “The team were not allowed back into the garage after the podium because there was a sniffer dog and a policeman in there!”

He asked employees: “Are they still here? No, they are not.

“Did you see the sniffer dog and the policeman?

“You couldn’t go back into the garage. It was weird.”

Kravitz joked: “Was the sniffer dog looking for cans of Red Bull? Did he find any?

“Canadian sniffer dogs can obviously find explosives, drugs and sickly sweet fizzy drinks with lots of sugar and caffeine! Canadian sniffer dogs are clearly very talented.”

Race winner Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 9, Canadian
Race winner Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme…

The routine check quickly passed and Christian Horner's team were able to begin packing their belongings ahead of a two-week break before the F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Police checks to ensure safety in F1 paddocks are not unusual.

But Kravitz did say: “It was a strange time for Canadian police to come round with a sniffer dog.

“They could look for whatever it was in Sergio Perez’s gear box that went kaput!”

Red Bull 'lost communication'

Team principal Horner admitted they lost contact with Verstappen as he charged towards victory while fighting off Sainz.

He told Sky: “We lost communication with the car. It was one-way traffic - he could hear us but we couldn’t hear him. I guess he didn’t need to hear us too much!"

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