Jenson Button may have been a deliberate target for the armed gang which threatened the Formula One world champion, his father fears.
Button, his father John, manager Richard Goddard and trainer Mike Collier escaped unharmed following the attack that occurred as they returned to their hotel after qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Saturday night.
Despite the ordeal, Button was ready to race on Sunday but he described the incident as "horrendous".
"You hear about it happening over the years, but until you are actually involved you don't know how it feels, and it's a pretty scary situation," said Button after arriving at the track. "Initially you don't believe it's happening, so it's quite strange.
"But we weren't the only people who had it yesterday. The Sauber mechanics were also held up, and they actually had to stop and give their assailants everything. They had a pretty horrible ordeal, so I feel sorry for those guys.
"As for myself, looking back now, it's an horrendous thing to have happened, although I feel fine now. But there's obviously a lot of attention because it's the first time a driver has been held up. Hopefully it will show the dangers that are there, that we'll take more care."
Button's father, John, fears his son may have been a deliberate target for the gang.
"We're aware of the dangers. We've heard of many, many incidents," said Mr Button, speaking to Press Association Sport.
"But the only thing that really worries me this morning is whether they were after Jense. It was really weird because we were in a very small, compact Mercedes, and they couldn't see in. But it looked like they were waiting for someone. I don't know if someone at the circuit had told them we had left.
"So that's a little bit worrying. Maybe I'm wrong, but yes, it was scary. Our driver, though, was awesome - straight out of Hollywood, the damage he caused. It was unbelievable, just like in a film, like Sylvester Stallone in Rambo. He was really cool, there was a lot of damage. But we're all cool, all fine."