Mercedes security beefed up following gunpoint robbery
The member of Mercedes staff was held up whilst in traffic on his way back to the team hotel by armed robbers.
The team are staying tight lipped regarding their security arrangements, F1 sources have confirmed that since the incident, other teams have also taken additional precautions regarding security ahead of this weekend’s race.
The Brazilian Grand Prix takes place in the vicinity of one of Sao Paulo’s most notorious favelas. Back in 2010, Jenson Button was ambushed by armed men as he left the circuit.
Button was saved by the actions of a quick thinking specialist driver; mechanics at the Sauber team meanwhile were also robbed of their valuables earlier that year.
Key team personnel are set to be given specialist drivers in cars fitted with armour plating, members of all the teams will dress in plain clothes, to prevent them being targeted.
In terms of the race, Lewis Hamilton will lose his world title if Nico Rosberg wins at Interlagos. If the Englishman wins however, he would force the season’s finale down to the last race in Abu Dhabi. Should Rosberg win, it would be the first time he has secured the Driver’s World Championship.