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F1 owners respond following Brazil GP violent incidents

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Following a string of violent incidents involving Formula One teams as well as suppliers, the F1 authorities have hit back asking race organisers to claim responsibility for the uncertainty surrounding the Brazilian edition of the Grand Prix. 

Several teams have fallen victims to attempts of armed and violent robbery during the race last weekend when they travelled from Interlagos to their respective hotels.

Another incident saw Pirelli's staff becoming victim to the notorious Sao Paolo crime scene, following which, the Italian tyre manufacturers were forced to call off a post-race tyre test with McLaren. 

These ongoings have prompted the contemplation of an alternate venue for the race in Brazil, with Rio de Janeiro and Florianopolis being touted as possible options for the future.

Although, no announcement has been formally made regarding the annual race in Interlagos. 

F1 owners Liberty Media finally responded to the events of last weekend with a spokeswoman stating that disappointment "is not a strong enough word".

The mass media company have demanded a firm response from the race organisers in Brazil in order to stamp out this situation whereby transferring the responsibility to them. 

“It is not our responsibility,” the spokesperson insisted.

“We are just the commercial rights holder. We sell those rights to the local promoter and security within the circuit is their responsibility.

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“We have our own security team that travels with us and we are actively involved, but we cannot be experts in every city we go to.

“We have a year between now and the next race to get it sorted, and we would be extremely disappointed if things have not been looked at,” the spokesperson added.

Although their statement does clarify their situation on the matter, it will leave F1 fans wondering why their teams' safety and their drivers' safety isn't their responsibility.

It should be down to both the track organisers and the F1 owners to ensure safety whilst attending the Brazil Grand Prix.

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