Formula One: New security measures announced for Brazilian GP in the wake of multiple robberies

November 12, 2017 Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas in action at the start of the Brazilian Grand Prix Formula One race on Nov 12, 2017.
November 12, 2017 Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas in action at the start of the Brazilian Grand Prix Formula One race on Nov 12, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (REUTERS) - Formula One bosses have recommended new security measures for the Brazilian Grand Prix after team staff were robbed at gunpoint when leaving the circuit last month.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement after a World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris on Wednesday (Dec 6) that the commercial rights holder had made the proposals following a report on incidents at Interlagos.

It recommended the race promoter retain an independent security expert to evaluate and advise on measures, with a police reporting hub at the circuit and improved communication between all parties.

"The World Council strongly urged the promoter to implement these recommendations and improve the situation ahead of next year's event," added the FIA.

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

World champion Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team was one of those involved in the incidents at Interlagos, with shots reportedly fired and a gun pointed at the head of one employee travelling in a van outside the circuit.

Valuables, including passports and mobile phones, were stolen.

Pirelli employees were also targeted after the race, leading to the cancellation of a two-day tyre test with McLaren.