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Mercedes team member robbed at gunpoint ahead of Mexico grand prix

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A member of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team has been robbed at gunpoint in the run-up to the Mexican Grand Prix, The Guardian reports.

The incident occurred on Wednesday when two gunmen approached the chauffeur-driven vehicle occupied by Hamilton's teammate as it made it's way from Mexico City Airport to the team's hotel.

The thieves demanded money and valuables before making off with the pair's wallets and watches.

Fortunately, both the driver and his passenger were unharmed in the ordeal.

In a statement made to Press Association Sport, relayed by the Guardian, a spokesperson for Mercedes said: 

“Wallets and watches were taken and there were no physical injuries, but they were a little shaken up for obvious reasons.”

Mercedes have made the decision to keep the name of the person in question private, but have specified that the individual is not a high-profile member of the team. 

The British government has issued guidelines to it's citizens warning them that crime and violence is a "serious problem" in Mexico, and visitors are advised to protect their selves at all times, i.e. keeping car doors locked and windows up, especially when their vehicle is at a standstill.

Mexico is a nation that is notorious for gangland violence and drug trafficking, with much of the continent's cocaine and marijuana trade passing through the country on it's way from South American countries like Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru, to the United States and Canada.

The robbery is not the first of it's kind to happen to individuals associated with Formula One in that part of the world.

In the run-up to the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix, Jensen Button along with three other men including his father were held up by at least three crooks brandishing machine guns.

Miraculously, Button and his entourage managed to flee the scene and return to their hotel shaken though unharmed.

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

The latest incident of it's kind is likely to raise fresh concerns over security at the event.  



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