Gun­men hold up F1 team

The Mail on Sunday - - News -

LEWIS Hamil­ton’s Mercedes team was held up at gun­point by a gang of rob­bers ahead of to­day’s Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Bri­tish For­mula 1 World Cham­pion said armed men sur­rounded ve­hi­cles leav­ing the In­ter­la­gos cir­cuit on Fri­day. Hamil­ton, 32, wrote on Twit­ter: ‘Some of my team were held up at gun­point last night… Gun­shots fired, gun held at one’s head. Please say a prayer for my guys who are here as pro­fes­sion­als to­day even if shaken.’ He also called for se­cu­rity to be im­proved.

A Mercedes spokesman said the team pre­ferred not to make a for­mal re­port to po­lice. Hamil­ton later crashed out of qual­i­fy­ing and will start from the back of the grid.

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