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Mercedes F1 staff member robbed at gunpoint in Mexico City

Mexico is hosting the 19th Grand Prix of the 2016 season. Credit: PA

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.


Mexico prepared to 'talk to the devil' if Trump wins election

Mexico's Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal. Credit: Reuters

Mexico is prepared to "talk to the devil" should Donald Trump win the US election, the country's economic minister has said.

"We cannot afford to risk a very important bilateral agreement," Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal said.

"If we have to talk to the devil to guarantee the safety of the Mexican people, Mexico will talk to the devil."

Mr Villarreal's comments came as he stood in for President Enrique Pena Nieto during a forum in New York with the leaders of Peru, Chile, and Columbia.

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