Members of the Mercedes team escaped unharmed after being robbed at gunpoint on Friday night at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
A team bus traveling from the circuit in Interlagos to the team hotel was targeted by armed robbers, with one team member having a gun held to their head as valuables were taken, but a Mercedes spokesman confirmed “everybody [is] safe and uninjured” following the incident.
On Saturday morning, Lewis Hamilton said the sport needs to do more to keep Formula 1 personnel safe.
“Some of my team were held up at gunpoint last night leaving the circuit here in Brazil,” Hamilton tweeted. “Gun shots fired, gun held at ones head. This is so upsetting to hear. Please say a prayer for my guys who are here as professionals today, even if shaken.
“This happens every single year here. F1 and the teams need to do more, there’s no excuse!”
As well as the incident involving Mercedes, a van carrying FIA personnel was also approached by a gunman after the governing body members left the circuit. However the driver was able to escape as the van was fitted with bulletproof glass.
Williams team personnel were traveling in a car directly behind one of the incidents and were also being approached by the robbers but were able to quickly get away from the area.
Such incidents are not uncommon for teams at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Jenson Button escaped from an attempted armed robbery in 2010 courtesy of an armored vehicle, while Mercedes also had a team member robbed at gunpoint ahead of last year’s Mexican Grand Prix.