Sunday Mail (UK) - - News - Pa­trick Hill

Lewis Hamil­ton last night told of his ter­ror af­ter his sup­port team were am­bushed by a gun-tot­ing gang.

Shots were fired and one of the world cham­pion’s back­room staff had a gun held to his head dur­ing the rob­bery fol­low­ing a fi­nal prac­tice ses­sion ahead of to­day’s Brazil­ian Grand Prix.

Mil­i­tary po­lice were last night hunt­ing for the thugs, who sur­rounded a mo­tor­cade of vans close to Sao Paulo’s In­ter­la­gos cir­cuit at 8pm on Fri­day.

The raiders tried to rob a car be­long­ing to the sport’s gov­ern­ing body the FAI, us­ing weapons to try to break its win­dows.

But it is un­der­stood the ve­hi­cle was bul­let­proof and the driver man­aged to es­cape.

Hamil­ton, who se­cured his fourth F1 driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship at the Mex­ico Grand Prix two weeks ago, yes­ter­day re­vealed on Twit­ter: “Some of my team were held up at gun point last night leav­ing the cir­cuit here in Brazil.

“Gun shots fired, gun held at one’s head. This is so up­set­ting to hear.

“Please say a prayer for my guys who are here as pro­fes­sion­als to­day even if shaken.”

He added: “This hap­pens ev­ery sin­gle year here. F1 and the teams need to do more, there’s no ex­cuse.”


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