Lewis Hamilton lashes out at F1 management after robbery in Brazil

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In a shocking news ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix this Sunday, members of 2017 Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton's team were robbed at gunpoint in Brazil.

And previous year a Mercedes team member was held up at gunpoint in Mexico while travelling from the airport to his hotel.

He said "gun shots were fired" and a weapon was held to the head of one team member. "This is so upsetting to hear", world champion Hamilton tweeted. "Please say a prayer for my guys who are here as professionals today even if shaken", wrote Hamilton. "Valuables were stolen but everybody is safe and uninjured which is the main thing".

Relishing the ability to pile the pressure onto his fellow drivers, Hamilton shows no sign of letting up as he posted the fastest lap in the first practice session during the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Mechanics and other staff travel to and from the track by minibus and are advised against wearing branded team clothing away from the circuit.

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Members of the Williams team and officials of the FIA, motorsports' governing body, were also targeted by robbers, the BBC's chief Formula One writer Andrew Benson tweeted early Saturday.

"I'm OK. It happened really quickly", Hamilton said. "F1 and the teams need to do more, there's no excuse!"

"I spoke with them this morning, and I said we were going to put it on pole position and cheer everyone up, so I'm glad we did that", Bottas explained.

Hamilton's vehicle sustained significant damage in the incident, and he will now start Sunday's race, the penultimate grand prix of the season, from the back of the field. In 2016, ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix, a chauffeur-driven auto was looted by a gunman as a team member was being transported to the hotel from the Mexico airport. The same evening, three Sauber engineers were robbed at gunpoint though but managed to escape unhurt.

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