Jenson Button, McLaren, Interlagos, 2010

Button unharmed in attack

Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Interlagos, 2010
Jenson Button, McLaren, Interlagos, 2010

McLaren say Jenson Button was unharmed in an attack on the car he was travelling in after leaving the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo on Saturday.

A statement released by the team said:

On Saturday evening (November 6) on the way back from the Interlagos circuit to Morumbi (Sao Paulo), armed would-be assailants made an attempt to approach the car that was carrying Jenson Button.

Neither Jenson nor the other occupants of the car were hurt. (The other occupants were John Button [Jenson?s father], Mike Collier [Jenson?s physio] and Richard Goddard [Jenson?s manager].)

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes had provided both Jenson and team-mate Lewis Hamilton with reinforced armoured vehicles driven by police drivers, who had been trained in avoidance techniques and were armed.

The police driver of Jenson?s vehicle reacted swiftly and, using avoidance techniques, rapidly forced his way through the traffic, taking Jenson and the other occupants of the car immediately away from any danger and back to their hotel.

The Sao Paulo authorities have also acted efficiently and will be providing additional security to transfer Jenson and other senior Vodafone McLaren Mercedes personnel to the Interlagos circuit for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

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87 comments on “Button unharmed in attack”

  1. wong chin kong
    7th November 2010, 14:10

    It was quite a shock and disappoinment such things happen to F1 drivers and latest news was Sauber engineers were robbed. What will be the damage to F1 reputation and also the championship title if one of the key contenders to the WDC is injured by these robbers? Jean Todt should review the scheduling of the Brazilian GP and I suggest he put this GP at the beginning of the season instead of 2nd last.

  2. And I have birthday tdy :)

  3. Jraybay-HamiltonMclarenfan
    7th November 2010, 14:50

    A friend of mine was mugged last year, I thought he was joking because I thought Brazil was nice but it seems this area is a little rough, it’s a urban area not like I thought, my fault : D .

  4. Q&A with Button

    We angled the car and floored it. It didn’t look like there was a big enough space there, but we got between six cars – and rammed every single one to get past. Just like how Vettel attempts an overtake.

  5. Well he is ok to race another day hopefuly if one of the brits dont get world championship perhaps they will get team champ in last race of 2010 good luck boys .

    1. DeadManWoking
      7th November 2010, 19:35

      That bird’s already flown I’m afraid.

  6. AshamedBrasilian
    7th November 2010, 21:41

    These guys should not be driven on the streets. They should of been flown in helicopters.

    Interlagos has a massive helicopter area!

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