Pirelli can­cel F1 tire test in Brazil af­ter at­tacks

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LON­DON (Reuters) — Pirelli and McLaren have can­celed a For­mula One tire test sched­uled for the Brazil­ian Grand Prix cir­cuit on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day af­ter teams were tar­geted by armed rob­bers in Sao Paulo over the week­end.

“Fol­low­ing a rob­bery at­tempt, neu­tral­ized by Pirelli se­cu­rity, on a Pirelli van at the In­ter­la­gos cir­cuit last Sun­day...it has been de­cided to can­cel the tire test,” Pirelli said in a state­ment.

“The de­ci­sion, shared with McLaren, FIA and For­mula One, was made in the in­ter­est of the safety of the per­son­nel, both McLaren’s and our own, who would have par­tic­i­pated in the test,” it added.

Sun­day’s at­tack came af­ter armed rob­bers held up mem­bers of Lewis Hamil­ton’s Mercedes team as they left the cir­cuit in a mini­van on Fri­day night.

Four-times world cham­pion Hamil­ton, who was not present, said shots were fired and one team mem­ber had a gun held to his head.

Wil­liams and Sauber team mem­bers re­ported other in­ci­dents out­side the cir­cuit while a car used by of­fi­cials from the sport’s gov­ern­ing body, the FIA, was also tar­geted.

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