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Mercedes team robbed at gunpoint in Brazil following practice sessions

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Members of Lewis Hamilton’s world-championship winning Mercedes team were robbed at gunpoint as they left the Interlagos circuit on Friday night.

A minibus, transporting Mercedes staff back to their team hotel, was held up at 22:00 local time.

One of the team had a gun held to their head, but luckily, everyone escaped unharmed.

Of course, it must have been a nervy and horrifying ordeal for the Mercedes team, but they can all count themselves fortunate that they escaped unharmed.

After the shocking incident, Lewis Hamilton took to his social media to reveal what had happened to his team, stating that he couldn't believe what happened.

Tweeting this lunchtime, Hamilton said: "Some of my team were held up at gun point last night leaving the circuit here in Brazil. Gun shots fired, gun held at ones head. This is so upsetting to hear. Please say a prayer for my guys who are here as professionals today even if shaken."

As expected, the tweet went viral very quickly, with thousands of Formula One fans retweeting Hamilton's tweet.

However, plenty were also quick to send their thoughts to the Brit's team, who were no doubt shaken up regarding the incident.

“One minibus was robbed at gunpoint,” a Mercedes spokesperson said. “Valuables were stolen but everybody is safe and uninjured which is the main thing.”

Unfortunately for F1 and for the Brazilian Grand Prix, this isn't the first time there has been controversy.

Jenson Button was ambushed by gunmen when he left the same track back in 2010.

With yet another horrifying ordeal being experienced by the F1 teams, it surely won't be long until the FIA consider the future of the Brazilian Grand Prix, especially if they are putting their teams and drivers in harm by having an event there.

Luckily this time around, everyone emerged safe.

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Valterri Bottas
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