Lewis Hamilton has confirmed that members of his world-championship profitable Mercedes group have been robbed at gunpoint on the eve of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
A minibus, transporting Mercedes employees again to their group resort from the Interlagos circuit, was held up at 10pm native time. One of the group had a gun held to their head, Hamilton mentioned.
“One minibus was robbed at gunpoint,” Mercedes mentioned. “Valuables were stolen but everybody is safe and uninjured which is the main thing.”
Jenson Button was ambushed by gunmen when he left the identical monitor again in 2010.
Hamilton tweeted on Saturday morning: “Some of my team were held up at gunpoint 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.”
Mechanics and different employees journey to and from the monitor by minibus and are suggested towards carrying branded group clothes away from the circuit.
Staff from the British-based Williams’ group had a slim escape after a van was held up in entrance of their minibus as they left the circuit. The group confirmed it had witnessed a van being focused at gun level forward of them, however they have been capable of get away. Meanwhile personnel from the FIA, the game’s governing physique, have been additionally caught up in a separate incident, however escaped unhurt.
Hamilton added: “This happens every single year here. F1 and the teams need to do more, there’s no excuse!”
The harrowing incidents – that are more likely to increase safety considerations forward of Sunday’s race – mark the second time in somewhat greater than 12 months a Mercedes’ employees member has been robbed at gun level.
Lewis Hamilton in 60 seconds
Last 12 months in Mexico, a group member, travelling in a chauffeur-driven car from Mexico City Airport to a resort, was focused by two gunmen. The member of the Mercedes group and driver have been unharmed within the ordeal.
Button was threatened by gunmen in Sao Paulo forward of the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix. Button, then the reigning world champion, was returning to his resort following qualifying when his car was approached by at the least three males brandishing machine weapons.
Button, who was travelling together with his late father John, coach Mike Collier and supervisor Richard Goddard, managed to flee the scene unhurt within the incident. Three Sauber engineers have been robbed at gunpoint on the identical night. They have been additionally unharmed.
Mercedes arrived in Brazil having secured each world titles (Getty)
Mercedes have gained each of this 12 months’s championships for the fourth 12 months in a row with Hamilton arriving in Brazil as a four-time world champion.
Sunday’s race is the penultimate spherical of the season.
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