Greenpeace protests target F1 sponsor Shell at Belgian GP 25 August, 2013 Greenpeace activists protest banner at Spa-Francorchamps Environmental activists Greenpeace on Sunday staged an audacious protest against race sponsors Shell before the start of the Belgian Grand Prix. Shell is the Spa-Francorchamps race’s high-profile title sponsor, as well as backing the famous Italian team Ferrari. First, paragliders took to the skies with banners protesting the oil multinational’s Arctic oil drilling plans. Abseiling activists then mounted the roof of the main grandstand and unfurled a huge banner that read ‘ARCTIC OIL? SHELL NO!’ After the race, as Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton took their trophies, another abseiling protester tried to get onto the podium, amid the boos of the crowd and the resistance of the Shell-branded grid girls. Although unsuccessful in their final bid, the activists did manage to place another Shell-branded banner prominently in front of the podium, reading ‘Save the Arctic’. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsBelgium Grand Prix set for deal until 2018Lauda: I apologised to Nico but it was his faultHaug: Lewis versus Nico making F1 interestingRosberg: I apologise to Lewis and the teamHamilton: I feel it would be wrong to point fingersMercedes: Nico and Lewis free to race but no contactAnalysis shows 2014 Spa pace faster than last yearMercedes: Hot heads should be cooled this weekVettel to get another new chassis for MonzaCivil war persists at Mercedes in aftermath of Spa clash McLarenfan But non was seen by the TV so their bid for national coverage was unsuccessful until it was published in on the net.