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McLaren's Interlagos tyre test with Pirelli cancelled due to security concerns

13 November 2017

Staff from the McLaren team were said to be relieved the test had been cancelled.

Although Pirelli noted that the FIA, F1 and McLaren support its decision not to put people at risk by testing in Sao Paulo, Brazil, there is one person from McLaren who isn't happy about it. But after several robbery attempts on teams in Brazil over the weekend, the test got canceled.

Luckily the attempt was neutralized by Pirelli's security, but the latest incident comes after a series of attacks or robbery attempts on members from Mercedes, which were held at gunpoint and robbed on Friday, Sauber and Williams.

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The Woking outfit were due to test for Pirelli's 2018 tyres on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Sao Paulo circuit, where British teenager Lando Norris and Stoffel Vandoorne were due to run for the team, but security breaches around the venue have led to the running being cancelled. On Monday, it was confirmed the two-day test will not be taking place.

Five separate incidents affecting F1 personnel are understood to have taken place across the Brazilian GP weekend.

"Following a robbery attempt, neutralised by Pirelli security, on a Pirelli van at the Interlagos circuit last Sunday...it has been chose to cancel the tyre test", Pirelli said in a statement.

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After the Mercedes incident, newly-crowned world champion Lewis Hamilton called on Formula One to address the issues at the Interlagos circuit, which has had similar cases in previous years. Some of Hamilton's Mercedes team was robbed at gunpoint previous year before the Mexican Grand Prix, with the robbers talking wallets and watches but not harming anyone.

Formula One bosses say they can not be held responsible for the security failings which dogged the Brazilian Grand Prix and have urged chiefs of the Interlagos circuit to find a solution to the issue in time for the 2018 race.

"After that, the most frustrating thing is I've been in Formula 1 for 10 years and every single year that has happened to somebody in the paddock, and it continues to happen".

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"It's no good just the bosses having security and myself having security".