McLaren pull plug on test over se­cu­rity

Coventry Telegraph - - SPORT -

A For­mula One test in­volv­ing Bri­tish team McLaren, due to take place at In­ter­la­gos this week, has been can­celled fol­low­ing a se­ries of har­row­ing se­cu­rity in­ci­dents, which over­shad­owed the Brazil­ian Grand Prix.

Eight mem­bers of the Mercedes team suf­fered the most hor­ri­fy­ing or­deal when they were robbed at gun­point shortly af­ter leav­ing the cir­cuit on Fri­day night.

Staff from For­mula One’s tyre sup­plier Pirelli were the lat­est to be tar­geted on Sun­day night. They man­aged to es­cape un­harmed but it marked the fifth alarm­ing in­ci­dent, de­spite the prom­ise of height­ened se­cu­rity by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

Mem­bers of the McLaren team and Pirelli were due to stay on in Sao Paulo for the re­main­der of the week, but the two-day test, sched­uled for to­day and to­mor­row, has now been scrapped.

Ear­lier last week, a car con­tain­ing of­fi­cials from mo­tor sport’s world gov­ern­ing body the FIA was ap­proached by masked gun­men. Staff from Sauber were also held up as they left the cir­cuit on Satur­day. All es­caped un­harmed but the in­ci­dents will raise ques­tion marks over the fu­ture of the race.

Jamie Mur­ray’s ATP Fi­nals bid be­gan in de­feat as he and part­ner Bruno Soares were beaten in a match tie-break by Amer­i­can duo Mike and Bob Bryan.

Mur­ray and Soares trailed their dis­tin­guished op­po­nents by a set and 4-1 at the O2 Arena, al­though only af­ter a dra­matic col­lapse that saw them spurn three set points and a 5-3 lead.

They fought back to take the sec­ond set but a topsy-turvy con­test turned again in the de­cid­ing tie-break as the Bryans re­cov­ered to win 7-5 6-7 (3/7) 10-8.

The match would be de­cided in a first-to-10 tie-break but the Bryans started fast, storm­ing into a 4-0 lead. Mur­ray hurled his racket into the ground af­ter some overly-gen­er­ous vol­leys al­lowed his op­po­nents to move 6-2 ahead and then 9-5, to open up four match points.

Mike Bryan missed a chance on his serve and Mur­ray saved two more on his own, but Bob Bryan thwarted the come­back to fi­nally seal vic­tory.

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