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Lewis Hamilton lashes out at F1 management after robbery in Brazil

Williams and the FIA also victims

Lewis Hamilton says that Formula 1 needs to do more to protect the teams after some of the Mercedes team were robbed at gunpoint while travelling back to their hotel on Friday evening.

The Brazilian Grand Prix is one which sits fondly in the minds of most due to Autordomo Jose Carlos Pace producing close racing, memorable championship deciding moments and an atmosphere of pure passion. On the flipside, the event is frequently marred by robberies and scares for teams and drivers.

The latest to suffer the negative aspects of Brazil were the Mercedes team who, while returning to their team hotel, were subject to a gunpoint robbery. Mercedes has confirmed that no one was hurt but that valuables were stolen.

Hamilton reacted to the incident on twitter and called on the FIA to review the safety procedures surrounding the event.

“Some of my team were held up at gun point last night leaving the circuit here in Brazil. Gun shots fired, gun held at one’s head.

“This is so upsetting to hear. Please say a prayer for my guys who are here as professionals today even if shaken.

Both William and the FIA were also victims of Brazil on Friday evening, but Mercedes were victims of the most serious run in – reports suggesting that one mechanic had a gun held to their head.

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.

By Sam Hall: Autoweek