McLAREN and Pirelli have scrapped plans for a two-day tyre test in Sao Paulo due to increased security fears — raising serious questions about the future of the Brazil GP.
The Italian tyre supplier became the FIFTH team to be attacked by robbers when they left the circuit on Sunday evening.
Thankfully nobody was hurt in the incident and together with McLaren they have decided to cancel plans to test next year’s tyres at the circuit in Interlagos.
On Saturday, world champion Lewis Hamilton claimed one of his engineers had a gun pointed to his head while Williams, the FIA and Sauber were also targeted by armed gangs when they left the circuit.
While Hamilton was correctly vocal about the robberies and called for increased security measures, bewilderingly F1’s owners Liberty Media stayed silent.
Finally, F1’s chairman, Chase Carey said on Sunday he was “concerned” about the attacks while an F1 spokesperson has since said they would be speaking to the promoter about making security improvements in the future.
However, SunSport understands that F1 teams are not happy about their staff being forced to run the gauntlet trying to get to and from the track.
They are expected to put pressure on Liberty to ensure drastic changes are made in the future, while some could even press for the GP to be scrapped altogether.
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Track bosses have a contract to stage the race until 2020, yet there is a growing feeling it could be ditched before then.
There is increased scrutiny on public spending in Brazil following the World Cup and Olympic Games and the improvements to the Interlagos track have been noticeably slow.
And with no Brazilian driver on the grid in 2018, there is a feeling that the number of spectators could also dwindle.
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton says he does not want the season to end after his thrilling fight back in last Sunday’s race.
The F1 world champion went from last to fourth in Brazil and is now relishing the season finale in Abu Dhabi where he will be cranking his F1 car up to full power.
He said: “I am going to give it everything in Abu Dhabi, which is cool. I am excited about that because it is an unusual position to be in, but I love driving this year’s car.
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