Brazil given security prompt after F1 robbery scares

The promoter of Formula 1’s Brazilian Grand Prix has been issued with a series of security recommendations in the wake of the problems surrounding this year’s race.

Brazil given security prompt after F1 robbery scares
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08, passes Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W08, Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13, Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32, the rest of the field at the start
Lance Stroll, Williams FW40
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W08
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
Felipe Massa, Williams FW40, Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32

At least three robbery attempts were reported during the Interlagos event and Pirelli cancelled its planned two-day, post-race test at the circuit.

This was despite ‘heavy reinforcements’ being arranged after Mercedes staff members suffered a gunpoint robbery.

F1 chiefs and motorsport’s governing body the FIA committed to discussing security as a result, with the FIA reporting its findings after Wednesday’s World Motor Sport Council meeting.

“The World Council was presented with the report on the security incidents that occurred at this year’s Brazilian Grand Prix which was requested from the Commercial Rights Holder (CRH) by the FIA,” the FIA’s statement read.

“Following the report, the CRH recommended that the promoter, who is responsible for the security of the event, retains an independent security expert to evaluate and advise on security plans, implements a police reporting hub at the circuit and improves overall communication between the promoter security, police and F1 stakeholders.

“The World Council strongly urged the promoter to implement these recommendations and improve the situation ahead of next year’s event.

“The FIA will offer to participate in discussions with the local authorities and closely monitor the situation.”

In the wake of the attacks, which including Pirelli personnel being targeted less than 48 hours after the Mercedes incident, Sao Paulo's mayor said he believed the sale of the Interlagos venue would help improve security.

The city of Sao Paulo is in discussions with three parties interested in purchasing the circuit.

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