Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Hamilton in heavy Brazil crash, starts from back

Hamilton in heavy Brazil crash, starts from back

Hamilton said on Twitter his team members were "held up at gunpoint" and shots were fired. Thankfully though, no one from the crew was injured.

The current F1 champione-elect tweeted that some of his crewmembers were, "held up at gun point" as the team minibus was leaving the Interlagos circuit in São Paulo on Friday night.

"This is so upsetting to hear". In a statement, Mercedes said, "Valuables were stolen but everybody is safe and uninjured which is the main thing".

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Two weeks on from clinching his fourth F1 title in Mexico, Hamilton showed few signs of letting up at the front of the pack by laying down a blistering pace through FP1, heading up a one-two finish for Mercedes as teammate Valtteri Bottas finished in second place.

This is not the first time that such an incident has transpired.

Hamilton was resigned to his first Q1 knockout in over a year when he crashed out of qualifying at Interlagos on Saturday, slamming into the barrier on his first flying lap.

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In 2010, Jenson Button was subject to a similar incident while, in 2012, Formula 1 made sure that the race went on in the middle of a drug war in Sao Paulo.

Times were a secondary concern for most teams in FP1, which sought to get in as much running as possible since rain was expected to roll in Friday afternoon, but the precipitation held off and FP2 unfolded on a dry track.

In a bid to avoid such issues, mechanics and team staff have been advised against wearing branded team clothing away from the circuit. Button, who was travelling with his late father John, trainer Mike Collier and manager Richard Goddard, escaped unharmed.

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Three Sauber engineers were robbed at gunpoint on the same evening.

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