F1 » Was Button an intended kidnap victim in Brazil..?

As he reflects on the 'terrifying' ordeal in which he was faced with up to six gun-wielding assailants in Brazil at the weekend, Jenson Button admits he hopes he wasn't a deliberate target - but his father John is not so sure...

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cbr - Unregistered

November 08, 2010 3:36 PM

Too bad Jenson couldn't escape the other robbery of the weekend, the team orders for that second pit stop that kept him behind Hamilton!

Wood - Unregistered

November 08, 2010 3:45 PM

They should just stay at the track in a motorhome. No need to venture out into those slums. Aside from that solution a helocopter would be better transport to the track if they must stay off site. Anytime F1 goes to a 3rd world country they should take these basic steps to avoid the lawlesness of the country

Alan D - Unregistered

November 08, 2010 3:59 PM

Wood: "Anytime F1 goes to a 3rd world country they should take these basic steps to avoid the lawlesness of the country"

Well now you mention it, Bernie will only travel by helicopter when he visits the British GP.


November 08, 2010 6:32 PM

what is amazing, is the number of different stories about this event. first it was reported that a small group of people held up the car and ONE produced a machine gun. now it is up to SIX men, all with machine guns. tomorrow, it will be a small army, with tanks.
Also, the car is supposed to be a b class merc, which is armour plated. i suppose it is possible to get one,but the extra weight would make the car very slow, unless a 5l v8 had been fitted. then there were four people plus driver in the car. that would make it slower still, and would be a bit of a jam.
maybe the true details will be disclosed someday.

Rob01 - Unregistered

November 08, 2010 6:44 PM

I watched a show based in south africa. The security details used armour plated Porche Cayenne's. They had no problem moving at speeds quickly. Top end near 160-170 with upgrades. But how fast do you really have to be moving to lose someone on foot. I also wondered if McL went back and paid for the 5 cars that were hit while they were making a get away.

PIT STOP - Unregistered

November 08, 2010 6:49 PM

Hi Folks, i work within the motorsport industry and also have spent time here!!! We were advised not to travel in any team uniform when going to or from the circuit! Yes this is a pain but you do not stand out like a flashing light saying mug me! The country has its problems but how many times have we all read about people having cars car jacked and also how many people have cars stolen in the middle of the night in the U.K. that envolves some scum bag breaking into your house for the keys while you and your family sleep???? Also they were in a amoured car?? What do the press think the robbers could do? Look up what is envolved with this type of car people!!!!!!. I would love the press to drive this car around some of the U.K. Slums to find out what happens. Think they may have a little eye opener???

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