Sao Paolo mayor on Brazil robberies: I've seen worse

Monday, 13 november 2017, 08:26

The mayor of Sao Paolo, Joao Doria, has played down the spate of hijackings that have befallen F1 officials and teams during the Brazil Grand Prix at Interlagos.

Over the course of the weekend, Mercedes, Williams, FIA staff, and Sauber all had members of their staff come under attack by armed gunmen, and although no-one has been injured, the problem incensed drivers such as Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa.

But Doria insists that whilst the incidents are inexcusable, such issues are not exclusive to his native country.

"What has happened cannot be justified," he told DPA news agency.

"But I've seen worse cases at other race tracks. It was the first time we had a case of such seriousness."

Massa has been one of the main critics of the situation and when asked about the problem, the Brazilian confessed that his country had an issue but it deserves to continue to host Grands Prix.

"We are going through difficult times," he said.

"I hope F1 stays in Brazil. This country is too important, having had so many drivers, so many world champions."

Doria subsequently responded to his compatriot's comments and defended the country whilst also confirming Sao Paolo's intention to renew their contract with F1 beyond 2020.

"I like Felipe very much, but circumstances like these have occurred on other racetracks in the world. And no one ever said he was ashamed to be from that country or to have that circuit.

"These are regrettable circumstances, but they can occur in any country,"

"We have a contract until 2020 and whoever purchases the circuit must respect it. After that, we hope we can renew for another 10 years."

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Comments (26)

  • Rafael De Stefano
    This mayor is a piece of shit and one of the reasons why Brazil is the way it is. But you know whatWell, maybe they should also cancel the GP in Texas where lunatics can legally buy guns and children go armed to school and kill a bunch of other kids for no reason... How about races in Europe? Maybe it's also good to avoid those, since terrorists are always bombing random events in E
  • Rafael De Stefano
    This mayor is a piece of shit and one of the reasons why Brazil is the way it is. But you know what, maybe they should also cancel the GP in Texas where lunatics can legally buy guns and children go armed to school and kill a bunch of other kids for no reason... How about races in Europe? Maybe it's also good to avoid those, better not to risk having someone bombing the paddock...
  • Ricardo Gilperez
    No, He just get is telling the world how awful it is that is out of his hands... Brazil delinquency is brutal... And Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team guys were lucky didn't get a bullet ... Thanks God.
  • Spencer Shackleton
    As Sadiq Khunt would say, its all part and parcel of living in a big city. Why would people come there. Ban F1 in Brazil, its obviously not safe, how many unreported crimes were there happening to the F1 fans?
  • Elvio Stelute
    The Brazilian politicians are not interested in making good laws which punishes the criminality. This way, it is impossible to be safe here.
  • Fay Stebbings
    Too many people. Not enough money or jobs. Too much crime. They need someone handing out condoms/free sterilisation! Not just in Brasil either!
  • David Hook
    Fantastic circuit. Awesome racers, Senna, Barichello, Massa. Dodgey & dangerous country
  • Troy Cultice
    Brazil is a cesspool. Crime was unbearable during the Olympics and any other event they have ever held.
  • David Hook
    Fantastic circuit. Awesome racers, Senna, Barichello, Massa. Dangerous country
  • Boris Sevšek
    "I mean, just yesterday I got stabbed three times while making tea at home, and then my car got stolen."
  • Darrell Powers
    That's not what you wanna hear. Too bad too cause I like the Brazilian gp
  • Charles Alex Gauthier
    Marc-Andre St-jean Esti de pays de marde man hahahaha
  • Stu Clegg
    Bye bye Brazilian GP. It won’t be missed by the teams!
  • Michael Swales
    Who cares some other country will gladly take the GP.
  • Jason Doyle
    Pull it from the rosta, then let's see how seriously he'll take it
  • Len Cartwright
    What? Sort your sesspool out! Talk to Mr Durante if you havent a clue
  • Steven Miller
    Kiss goodbye to your Grand Prix.
  • Tim Kohlbus
    I think he has it where the sun doesn’t shine!
  • Rafael De Stefano
    he is a joke. And is São Paulo, not Sao Paolo...
  • Andrew Ward
    Sounds like London mayor on terrorism
  • Kju Kconde
    Sao Paulo*****
  • Eduardo Aparicio
    Well, goodbye Brazilian GP
  • Giovane Batista
    He is a complete Moron.
  • Rafael Santoro
    Maria Eduarda Vaz
  • Ted Reimann
    It's worse in South Africa!

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