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Featured Mercedes Team Members Held at Gunpoint in Brazil

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Paul Jeffrey, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
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    According to a Tweet from Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, several members of the title winning team have reportedly been held at gunpoint outside the Interlargos Grand Prix circuit.

    Taking to Twitter earlier today, newly crowned four time World Champion Lewis Hamilton confirmed that several members of his Mercedes team were held at gun point outside the Interlargos circuit on Friday night, with reports of shots fired and one member being held at gun point. Fortunately nobody was injured in the attack, however several items of value were reportedly stolen from the team, yet another incident at a Brazilian Grand Prix that is starting to becoming renowned for the high levels of crime against Formula One outfits in recent years, most notably the gunpoint hijacking of Jenson Button back in 2010.

    Hamilton took to Twitter to confirm the attack had taken place, and that nobody involved in the incident suffered anything more serious than shock at the attack.

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    Thankfully all involved in the robbery would be unharmed in the incident, and it is thought all members of the team have returned to work at the circuit in time for this mornings third Free Practice and qualifying later in the day.

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    So it happened again. Can Formula One do anything to better protect the teams and drivers in Brazil? Let us know in the comments section below!
     
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  2. Will Mazeo

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    Remember folks: defending yourself is evil and criminals are the victim not you. Welcome to Huehue land and please come back in the future (if you leave it alive). :thumbsup:
     
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  3. Klought9

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    Senna is dead. F1 needs to pull out of 3rd world trash countries. NO excuse for this.
     
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  4. whip

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    brazil is a **** hole
     
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  5. LeSunTzu

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    Like if this never happens in any Western countries...:rolleyes:
     
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  6. rubaru

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    Brazil IS a Western country. :unsure:
     
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  7. MustartMatters

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    Hamilton tomorrow: Brazil is the best country I love it, best fans.....
     
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  8. k_badam

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    There is some truth in that, they have extremely fanatical fans of motorsport, maybe not Hamilton but still
     
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  9. Tobiman

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    You want him to judge the whole country just by the acts of a few of them?
     
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  10. MarcG

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    They were held up at Silverstone as well...on the M1 in traffic that is.
     
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  11. Terry Rock

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    Can't resist the opportunity right?
    Are the fans responsible for 'mugging' the team?
    Are all Brazilians bad people?
    Can you have a bad experience in a poverty-ridden country?
    We had an aircrew robbed at gunpoint on a beach in Brazil years ago.
    Did we stop flying to that country afterward? ....no.
    We just took more precautions to safe-guard ourselves.
    This can happen anywhere in the world.
     
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  12. MysteryHelmet

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    Didn't Dixon and Franchitti get held at gunpoint in Indianapolis?
    Is the US a poor non western country that racing should leave?
    :whistling:
     
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  13. Will Mazeo

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    The difference is that there you can defend yourself and the chances of things being investigated and a criminal going to prison actually exists. Only 5% of the murder cases in Brazil are investigated, imagine every other crime :D
     
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  14. Salvatore Sirignano

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    It can happen anywhere in the world, but it always seems to happen in Brazil. Mexico/Malaysia/ Azerbaijan seem to do a decent job of keeping the teams and drivers safe when they are there. If the Brazilian authorities cared they could secure the road with troops or armed police, but they don't. Most Brazilians I've met are great, but life seems to be so cheap there, and crime levels stratospheric.
    I'm actually in Chile at the moment and have just been traveling around Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Argentina and have felt pretty much 100% safe. I sadly wouldn't dream of going to Brazil though..
     
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  15. AngeloBonito

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    The rich countries wants to continue with the economic oppression and want to come walk and not find problems directly linked to the fruit of the most pure selfishness
     
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    Tipical comment of people that love to put the blame on others instead of changing themselves. Our situation is 100% our fault.

    Sao Paulo mayor wants to sell the track (finally!), if that happens I doubt new owners will have the money to bring F1 to Brazil, especially with all the tax and very high dollar price.
     
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  17. melanieuk

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    Just watched this on BBC News 24, such a shame.


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  18. AngeloBonito

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    This argument is correct but shallow and very simplistic.
     
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  19. paracletus

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    Next year armed guard will be with them, no doubt.
    Sounds like a fierce place Brasil (or Brazil) - possibly even worse than Manchester.

    But lets not go overboard with the condemnation of the place please - there are terribly violent places in every large country.
     
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  20. Wedge

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    Brazil pays the same fees to FIA as other countries. Do you think our social and economics* problems makes us inferior and not worthy to have a F1 race?

    I agree, there're no excuses for this. As a brazilian I hate this as much as anyone else and feel shame. But we love the sport, we're proud of Interlagos and the fact that we stage F1 races for 35 years.

    *due to politics corruption
     
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