Formula One official tyre provider Pirelli planned a tyre test with McLaren F1 team at Interlagos has been canceled amid security concerns following another robbery incident on Sunday night after the Brazilian Grand Prix main race.
A theft attempt on Sunday night targeting Pirelli staff, the tyre manufacturer announced on Monday that the test has been called off.
“Following a robbery attempt, neutralised by Pirelli security, on a Pirelli van at the Interlagos circuit last Sunday – after a weekend where similar episodes occurred with other teams – it has been decided to cancel the tyre test planned on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 on the Brazilian circuit with McLaren,” Pirelli said in a statement.
“The decision, shared with McLaren, FIA and Formula 1, was made in the interest of the safety of the personnel, both McLaren’s and our own, who would have participated in the test.”
A McLaren statement added: “The safety of our people has always been our top priority, and, given recent events, we felt that it was an unnecessary risk to proceed.”
On Friday night members of the Mercedes team went through the terrifying ordeal of being robbed at gunpoint in an attack where shots were fired.
Hamilton tweeted about the incident saying, “Some of my team were held up at gun point last night leaving the circuit here in Brazil. Gun shots fired, gun held at ones head. This is so upsetting to hear. Please say a prayer for my guys who are here as professionals today even if shaken.”
“This happens every single year here. F1 and the teams need to do more, there’s no excuse!” the Brit added.
In a statement, Mercedes said: “Valuables were stolen but everybody is safe and uninjured which is the main thing.”
Staff from the FIA, the sport’s governing body, and the Williams F1 team are believed to have escaped similar incidents on Friday night.