Mercedes F1 team robbed at gun­point

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - WORLDWIDE -

Mem­bers of Lewis Hamil­ton’s Mercedes team say they were robbed at gun­point in their mini­van while leav­ing the For­mula One race track where to­day’s Brazil­ian Grand Prix will be held.

There were no in­juries re­ported in Fri­day’s in­ci­dent, but a shaken Hamil­ton — who was not present — said on Twit­ter that “gun­shots were fired”.

“This hap­pens ev­ery sin­gle year here,” said Hamil­ton, who won his fourth ti­tle two weeks ago in Mex­ico City. “F1 and the teams need to do more, there’s no ex­cuse.”

Mercedes con­firmed the in­ci­dent yes­ter­day and said only that “valu­ables were stolen.” Sao Paulo po­lice said they had not re­ceived a re­port of the as­sault.

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