Mercedes team members robbed at gunpoint in BrazilNovember 11, 2017 2:21pm

SAO PAULO (AP) — Members of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team say they were robbed at gun point in their minivan while leaving the Formula One race track where Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix will be held.

There were no injuries reported in Friday's incident, but a shaken Hamilton — who was not present — said on Twitter that "gun shots were fired."

"This happens every single year here," added Hamilton, who won his fourth title two weeks ago in Mexico City. "F1 and the teams need to do more, there's no excuse."

Mercedes confirmed the incident Saturday and said only that "valuables were stolen."

Sao Paulo police said they had not received a report of the assault.

Street crime is endemic in Brazil, which has been battered in the last several years by its worst recession in memory. Thieves at the Formula One race in Sao Paulo often target cars stuck in traffic jams at the exit of the circuit located about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of the city center.

Matteo Bonciani, the spokesman for auto racing's governing body FIA, said the car in which he was leaving the track on Friday was also assaulted by gun-wielding assailants.

Bonciani said he was in a car reinforced with armor plating when three men with handguns attempted to smash in the windows with the vehicle stuck in traffic.

"They started crashing the windows with the guns, and my first thought was — 'Is the armor good enough?'"

Bonciani said the assailants fled when they failed to break into the car.

"At the beginning I thought they were just kids, but the guns freak you out," he said.

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

This July 20, 2017 photo released by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office in Iowa City, Iowa, shows Curtis Cortez Jones, Police said Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, that Jones is charged in the April death of 34-year-old Jonathan Wieseler, who was shot during a robbery at his Iowa City office. Jones has been in custody awaiting trial in the death of 46-year-old Ricky Lillie, who police say was robbed and shot after giving Jones a ride in June.(Johnson County Sheriff's Office via AP)
Parolee charged with killing second Iowa man after release
Manuel Burga leaves federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Burga, of Peru, is one of three former South American soccer officials on trial in a U.S. case highlighting widespread corruption in the sport's governing body. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
World Cup bribes, death threats: Corrupt world of FIFA
Witness: Men accused of bribes negotiated sale to QatarisWitness says sports marketing company whose owners have been charged with bribing top soccer officials tried to negotiate a sale to an entity associated with Paris Saint-Germain team president
Top power grid exec resigns after domestic violence chargeThe head of an international authority that oversees the North American power grid has resigned following his arrest on a domestic violence charge
FILE - In this July 7, 2017, file photo, LaVar Ball, father of Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball and UCLA player LiAngelo Ball, watches the Lakers play the Los Angeles Clippers during an NBA summer league basketball game, in Las Vegas. President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday, Nov. 19, that he should have left three UCLA basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, accused of shoplifting in China in jail after LaVar Ball minimized Trump’s involvement in winning the players’ release during an interview Saturday, Nov. 18, with ESPN. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
LaVar Ball questions Trump's role in son's release
This photo taken May 12, 2017, shows Dr. Larry Nassar listening during a preliminary hearing in Mason, Mich.   A person with knowledge of the agreement says the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor will plead guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault and face at least 25 years in prison. The person was not authorized to publicly discuss the agreement ahead of a Wednesday court hearing and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Nassar is charged with molesting seven girls under the guise of treatment at his home and a campus clinic. All but one were gymnasts. The plea deal calls for a minimum prison sentence of 25 years. But the judge could go higher and set the minimum at 40 years. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)
Source: Gymnastics doctor facing at least 25 years in prison
This component is currently unavailable.
AdChoices

Related Searches

Related Searches

AdChoices