Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Formula One: I’m not scared of Sao Paulo, says Jenson Button

Jenson Button returns to Sao Paulo this weekend without any fear despite memories of being held up at gunpoint a year ago.

Security is to be beefed up for this season's Brazilian Grand Prix after a spate of incidents over the years culminating in the attack on Button last November he described as “horrendous.”

Button, along with father John, manager Richard Goddard and trainer Mike Collier, had just left the Interlagos circuit after qualifying on Saturday when a group of armed assailants approached their car.

Fortunately for the quartet the armoured B-class Mercedes was being driven by a police officer trained in avoidance techniques.

The driver used the car as a battering ram to force his way through a group of cars ahead that had stopped at traffic lights.

It was only by his quick thinking and actions that any of the party avoided injury, allowing Button to compete in the race the following day.

Looking back on the incident now, Button said: “Something was going to happen. It had happened so many times with the mechanics and engineers and in the end it was going to happen to a driver.

“We have more security this year. I think every driver you see will have a police escort — and they should do.

“You have to spare a thought for everyone else in Formula One because they don't have police escorts.

“So yeah, it's a tough one because it's such a good grand prix. I love racing at Sao Paulo.”

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