Race ace stunned as gun gang robs track team in Rio
Formula 1 champion: ‘So upsetting. Say a prayer for my guys’
For mula 1 dr iver Lewis Hamilton has voiced his shock after his team was robbed at gunpoint in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Shots were fired when a minibus carrying his team was hijacked just outside the Grand Prix track on Friday night.
The recently-crowned world champion revealed his shock on social media yesterday.
He said a member of the team had a gun held to their head when their bus was ambushed.
“Some of my team were held up at gunpoint last night leaving the circuit here in Brazil,” Hamilton wrote.
“Gun shots fired, gun held at one’s head.
“This is so upsetting. Please say a prayer for my guys who are here as professionals today, even if shaken.”
Hamilton, who will start today’s race at the back of the grid after crashing in qualifying yesterday, also called for tighter security for F1 staff visiting Brazil.
He added: “This happens every single year here. F1 and the teams need to do more, there’s no excuse!”
A minibus was carrying the Mercedes staff back to their hotel from the circuit, which is in the middle of a slum area.
Mechanics and staff travel to and from the track by minibus and are advised against wearing branded team clothing away from the circuit.
In a statement, Mercedes said: “Valuables were stolen but everybody is safe and uninjured, which is the main thing.”
Reports said the same thugs also targeted the Williams F1 team.
The British-based team confirmed it had witnessed a van being held up at gunpoint in front of them but they had made a narrow escape.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident in the city, thugs attacked a car transporting members of the sport’s governing body, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile. Fortunately, no one was harmed.
The race officials were in an armoured vehicle and managed to escape, despite the robber’s car ploughing into them.
Hamilton revealed his shock on social media
Hamilton crashed yesterday