The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

PIRELLI and McLaren have can­celled a For­mula One tyre test sched­uled for the Brazil­ian Grand Prix cir­cuit yes­ter­day and to­day af­ter teams were tar­geted by armed rob­bers in Sao Paulo over the week­end. “Fol­low­ing a rob­bery at­tempt, neu­tralised by Pirelli se­cu­rity, on a Pirelli van at the In­ter­la­gos cir­cuit last Sun­day... it has been de­cided to can­cel the tyre 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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