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How a "giant lizard" on the track led to perhaps the weirdest radio message in F1 history

19:15, Sunday, 18 September, 2016
How a "giant lizard" on the track led to perhaps the weirdest radio message in F1 history

If you've ever watched Formula 1 racing you'll know that the drivers have radios in the car so they can talk to their engineers on the pitwall.

It's normally tediously boring stuff about tyre temperatures, mysteriously coded things like "strat mode four, forward two clicks, Nico", or the drivers complaining because someone else just passed them.

Very rarely do you get messages from the drivers about the local flora and fauna. They are usually far too busy pushing "the pedal to the medal" to notice anything other than the road in front of them.

But in practice for this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix in, well, Singapore, Max Verstappen got something of a shock when he was flying round the track in his Red Bull Racing car.

"There's a giant lizard on the track! I'm not joking," he radioed back to his no doubt confused team.

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