Sao Paulo F1 kidnap foiled

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An attempt to kidnap Formula One World Champion Jenson Button was foiled in Sao Paolo, Brazil after he qualified for the sport's race on Sunday 7 November 2010.

Reports show that while he was chauffeured from the Interlagos racing track, after the qualifying session, his armoured Mercedes was approached by at least six men with hostile intentions while stuck in traffic. Some were apparently 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, " McLaren said. Button's manager Richard Goddard and trainer Mike Collier were also in the car. An hour after the attempted attack on Button, three Sauber engineers were held up at the same spot. They handed over two rucksacks in the incident. Lucas di Grassi, a Brazilian driver with the Virgin team, was mugged there in October 2010. Calls for Brazil to lose its Formula One status were dismissed by commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone. " I have been coming here for over 40 years, " said the 80–year–old, whose car has armoured protection and a specially trained driver. " I have walked around, driven, been out in restaurants in the city. "

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