I don’t know much about oil drilling in the Arctic, but I do not think that Greenpeace’s attempts to use the Belgian Grand Prix to draw attention to the activities of race sponsor Shell is the right way to go about drawing attention to it.

A total of 35 protesters were involved with a number of actions at Spa, although very little of this appeared on the international TV feed, as the directors at Formula One television used their cameras skilfully to minimise the exposure.  

The subsequent coverage in newspapers and on the web was limited to a paragraph or two in most of the sporting stories. In other words, it was not a success for Greenpeace.

Before the race began, two motorised paragliders appeared over Spa without permission to use the airspace. The sky at a grand prix is a busy place with helicopters flitting around so this was not a risk-free move, particularly as they were doing it all above the large Spa crowds.

At the same time, six men climbed on to the roof of the main grandstand opposite the pits and four of them set about securing themselves and a large banner that read 'Arctic Oil? Shell no' at the front of the grandstand. Two others stood guard on the roof.