Photos: Armed robbers hijack Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 team’s bus in Sao Paulo, Brazil

November 11, 2017 6:47 pm

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has criticised the sport’s organisers in Brazil after members of his Mercedes team were held up at gun point in Sao Paulo last night.

Hamilton celebrates after winning the drivers' championship at the Mexico Grand Prix 

Shots were fired and one victim had a gun held to his head in the terrifying incident, according to the driver, who was not on the bus at the time. Armed men surrounded vehicles belonging to Formula 1 teams, as well as a car from the FIA, motor sport’s governing body, as they left Sao Paulo’s Interlagos circuit at around 8pm. It is not known what was stolen but according to Mercedes the criminals made off with belongings that were ‘very valuable’ to the team. No one was hurt in the hold-up.

On the Interlagos circuit this afternoon Hamilton crashed out of the qualifying race after just two minutes when he lost control of his car at 160mph and thudded into the tyre barrier.
The 32-year-old remained in his cockpit for some moments before informing his team that he was not injured in the high-speed smash though his car had sustained significant damage.

Talking of last night’s hold-up in a post on Twitter the champion claimed similar criminal incidents happened in the sport every year and called on F1 to do more about it.

Lewis Hamilton revealed news of the incident on his Twitter account on Saturday
In a further tweet a minute later, Hamilton called for increased security measures
Hamilton skids off the Interlagos circuit this afternoon after losing control at 160mph

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