Mercedes F1 Staff Robbed At Gunpoint In Brazil, Hamilton Says It Happens Every Year

A potentially deadly encounter ended without incident on Saturday when members of the Mercedes-AMG F1 team were robbed at gunpoint in Brazil.

Autosport reports that robbers stopped a van carrying members of the team from the Interlagos circuit where the Brazilian Grand Prix is being held this weekend.

The team’s star driver Lewis Hamilton revealed that shots were fired, and a gun even held to one team member’s head. Fortunately while valuables were reportedly stolen, no one was physically harmed in the incident.

The van was reportedly traveling in a convoy together with members of the Williams team and FIA officials, but the other vehicles managed to flee the scene when traffic cleared.

“This happens every single year here,” Hamilton tweeted. “F1 and the teams need to do more, there’s no excuse!”

The most prominent of these incidents occurred in 2010 when robbers tried to hijack Jenson Button‘s car as he left the track. Button drove alongside Hamilton that year at McLaren, having won the championship the year before with the Brawn GP team subsequently acquired by Mercedes.

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  • Dennis James

    How about never doing any F1 race in Brazil again ?

    • SteersUright

      Agreed. Seriously, how hard is that and why risk your driver’s and staffs’ lives every year?

  • PB

    Dindus again.

  • BlackPegasus

    Outside of the tourist zones, Brazil seems to be a sea of lawlessness. Much like Mexico.

    • baigow

      Being a Brazilian myself and living here my whole life, I couldn’t agree more. This country is a nightmare of violence, corruption e impunity. For your own safety, please, don’t come down here (not being sarcastic). It’s 60.000 murders per year, and if one of the millions of crooks only smell a hint of a “gringo”, he will put a bullet in your head for your cheap watch just to buy some crack, believe me.

      • Moveon Libtards

        Thank you for your warning about how bad the crime is in Brazil. You seem like a decent educated person. Good luck.

      • Vassilis

        It’s so sad because I love Brazil. You guys have been through a lot of shit and I respect your struggle.

  • gary4205

    This why Americans cherish our basic human right to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

    Evil is everywhere. No sense in being a sitting duck.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Couldnt agree more.

      Government isnt going to protect you because governments just like controlling people as their slaves. Hence why they cant stand people who bear arms; they fear the citizen instead as they should.

      • SteersUright

        Yes, the US Military tremendously fears the great revolution coming from a collection of backwards fools and their ability to “defend” themselves. You defend yourself with a free-press, the ability to speak openly and criticize your leaders without persecution or even death, as in many corrupt countries, and certainly not with bullets, Grow up, this Wild West ended a little while ago.

    • Except that the USA is not safe. By far not compared to gun-free countries like Iceland, Singapore and in general most European countries. Americans are like giant sized kids holding their (toy) guns. It would be about time to mature up instead of just ageing, the whole developed world is shocked how backward USA is. Or keep on doing your “thoughts and prayers” and see how innocent people are being massacred because of your addiction to lethal weapons.

    • SteersUright

      You couldn’t be more off-base with your bizarre sense of safety thanks to gun rights. The USA is only safer because it is less corrupt. Corruption breeds violence as citizens become desperate and there’s no money left (because its all been stolen!) to eat, much less to pay for social services like law enforcement, lawyers, departments of justice, regulators, etc. Scan the globe and you will find the most corrupt countries are also the most violent and least safe.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Dindus for sure.

    How about never visiting such a horribly corrupt and failing place like Brazil again? Just sayin’

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