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Man retracts bribery claim 
at Singapore Grand Prix

The individual, who posted on Facebook, that he had a bribed a security officer to allow him and a companion on the Singapore Grand Prix track to take a photo, has retracted his claims.

Yesterday, a Facebook user going by the profile of Viv Smith, posted in a closed Formula One interest group that it was "time to come clean".

"There was no bribery, no corruption, no nothing. The barriers were down, the gates open. I asked the guard if he would take a photo of us and he kindly agreed," he wrote.

"There were others on the track also, one guy even skateboarding around it others just jogging."

The F1 fan, whose age and nationality are unknown, earlier posted a photo on Facebook, showing him and a companion posing on the tracks at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

The caption read: "3am in the morning. Bribed the security guard to let us onto the track. He not only agreed, he took the photo."

Race organisers Singapore GP said on Sunday that they are investigating an alleged breach in track security at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

His post was shared and reported by online media which lead the race organisers to launch an investigation and the Singapore GP saying that it viewed the allegation of bribery as a serious matter.

When The Straits Times contacted him yesterday via Facebook, Viv Smith would only say that he is "lying low" in Malaysia and declined to be interviewed. "Everything you need to know is in my second post, there is nothing else to say," he wrote.

Security & Risk Solutions (SRS), the appointed security agency assigned to the area where the alleged incident took place told ST that its security officers "did not compromise any safety instructions nor received any monetary rewards as allegedly claimed".

SRS said it had submitted its findings to Singapore GP, and will continue to work with them if there's a need for further investigations. - THE STRAITS TIMES

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