See it: F1 cars narrowly miss groundhog on track in Montreal

A groundhog or marmot ran onto the track at the Circuit Gilles Villneueve in Montreal on Friday during practice for the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix.

The rodent was spotted near the side of the racing surface, but then decided to cross it.

It passed between the cars of Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz, and was nearly hit by Sainz’s Ferrari.

Fortunately for all the animals involved, it was able to weave its way through the cars and make it safely to the other side.

Lance Stroll's Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes came close to a groundhog on at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes came close to a groundhog on at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

It’s not the first time one of the critters has checked out the scene at Formula One’s annual visit to the track.

British McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton driving his McLaren MP4-23 drives past a Marmot ground squirrel during practice for the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada on the 06 June 2008. (Photo by Darren Heath/Getty Images)

British McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton driving his McLaren MP4-23 drives past a Marmot ground squirrel during practice for the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada on the 06 June 2008. (Photo by Darren Heath/Getty Images)

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