Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes Robbed At Gunpoint Ahead Of Brazil GP
Sources say members of the FIA and Williams were also caught up in the incident but it was claimed nobody was hurt.
Formula One has been rocked with news that members of Lewis Hamilton’s world-championship winning Mercedes team were robbed at gunpoint as they left the Interlagos circuit on Friday night.
Express reports that a minibus transporting Mercedes staff back to their team hotel, was held up late Friday with one of the attackers holding a gun to the head of a member of the team.
“One minibus was robbed at gunpoint,” a Mercedes spokesperson said. “Valuables were stolen but everybody is safe and uninjured which is the main thing.”
This has been confirmed by four-time world champion Hamilton, who tweeted that the team had been caught up in an armed robbery.
“Some of my team were held up at gun point last night leaving the circuit here in Brazil.
“Gun shots fired, gun held at ones head.
“This is so upsetting to hear.
“Please say a prayer for my guys who are here as professionals today even if shaken.”
The British driver then called on F1 chiefs to provide greater protection for staff during races.
It is the second year in a row that a member of Hamilton’s team had been robbed on Grand Prix weekend.
Ahead of the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix, a gunman held up a chauffeur-driven car and took wallets and watches as a team member was being taken from Mexico City’s airport to the team’s hotel in the capital.
Hamilton secured a historic fourth championship at the Mexican GP a fortnight ago, and has promised to finish out the remaining two races in style.