Mercedes F1 team member robbed at gunpoint in Mexico

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Mercedes has confirmed that a member of its Formula 1 team was left “shaken up” but without injury after being robbed at gunpoint in Mexico City ahead of this weekend’s grand prix.

The team member, who has not been named by Mercedes, was held at gunpoint while in a chaffeur-driven car that encountered heavy traffic in Mexico City on Wednesday.

“A team member was robbed while travelling from the airport towards the city on Wednesday when in heavy stationary traffic,” a Mercedes spokesperson said.

“Wallets and watches were taken and there were no physical injuries, but they were a little shaken up for obvious reasons.”

The team member has chosen to remain in Mexico for the remainder of the race weekend and carry out duties as normal.

UPDATE 11:45am ET: The Public Security Secretariat of Mexico City has confirmed it is working to find the gunmen responsible for the incident.

“Since the day before yesterday, CDMX police checked cameras and is working in an intensive investigation to find those responsible,” a tweet sent to NBC Sports reads.