Turkey faces sanction over dog incident

The FIA says the Turkish Grand Prix organisers could face sanctions after two stray dogs ran onto the Istanbul track during the GP2 race on Sunday

Turkey faces sanction over dog incident

"This was a serious lapse in circuit security and safety," an International Automobile Federation (FIA) spokesman said.

"How could such a thing happen at an almost brand new Formula One track?

"The FIA Safety Commission will hold a full investigation into the matter which may then be referred to the world council," he added.

Asked about possible consequences for the circuit, which made its grand prix debut in 2005 and is now managed by Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, the spokesman said: "Sanctions cannot be ruled out at this stage."

Bruno Senna ran over one of two dogs on the track during a GP2 race at the Istanbul Park circuit.

The 24-year-old, who had come over the brow of a hill and had only a fraction of a second to react, was lucky to escape injury, with the impact breaking his car's front right suspension.

Formula One race director Charlie Whiting said on Sunday he would send a report to the FIA.

Sunday's incident was not the first involving dogs on the track during a Formula One weekend. Practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix had to be halted in 2004 because of canine interlopers.

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