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A member of Lewis Hamilton's world championship-winning Mercedes F1 team has been robbed at gunpoint ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix.
The incident, which reportedly involved two gunmen, occurred as the individual was travelling in a chauffeur-driven vehicle from Mexico City Airport to the team's hotel on Wednesday.
While both the member of the Mercedes team, who was not wearing branded apparel, and driver were unhurt in the ordeal, the incident is likely to raise security concerns ahead of Sunday's race.
"A team member was robbed while travelling from the airport towards the city on Wednesday when in heavy stationary traffic," a Mercedes spokesperson told Press Association Sport.
"Wallets and watches were taken and there were no physical injuries, but they were a little shaken up for obvious reasons."
The spokesperson declined to elaborate on whether the team would take further safety precautions, and that the Mercedes personnel was unnamed but not of high profile.
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Two members of Germany's World Cup team - defender Benedikt Hoewedes and his Schalke teammate Julian Draxler - have been involved in a high speed car accident in Italy.
Both players were passengers in the cars driven by Mercedes DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein and Formula One star Nico Rosberg, during a promotional filming day, when two pedestrians were injured.
Rosberg, winner of Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, was not involved in the accident, which occurred on closed roads.
A statement from Mercedes read: "While driving on a closed route, DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein injured two people who were unexpectedly in the road.
"They are both receiving medical treatment. Pascal was unhurt. We deeply regret this accident and wish the injured parties a speedy recovery.
"We will, of course, support the authorities in investigating the circumstances of the accident."
Mercedes Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will show their support to the lost Beijing bound plane at the Malaysia Grand Prix this weekend, by displaying a ‘Pray For MH370’ message on the side panels.
Hamilton also tweeted his sympathies to the families and friends of the passengers, along with a picture of the hashtag #PrayForMH370.
Northamptonshire-based F1 team Mercedes has unveiled its newest car at Jerez in Spain this morning.
The team are there for pre-season testing. The team has hailed the F1 W05 car as the first all new Mercedes to compete in Formula One since 1954.
More details on the Mercedes website
Lewis Hamilton's first day behind the wheel of his Mercedes F1 car built at Brackley in Northamptonshire resulted in a crash into a tyre barrier. It was on the second day of testing at the Spanish Circuito de Jerez this morning.
The 28-year-old from Stevenage locked up into turn six and ploughed through a gravel trap into the tyre barrier. It's thought a fault in the front suspension caused the crash.
Yesterday Hamilton's team mate Nico Rosberg ground to a halt after just 14 laps when an electrical fault led to a fire in the rear of the new Mercedes.