Safety warning for teams in Brazil

F1 team members have been advised to change out of uniforms before heading out onto the streets at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix. The warning comes after last year's event when there were incidents such as muggings and robberies involving ...

F1 team members have been advised to change out of uniforms before heading out onto the streets at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix. The warning comes after last year's event when there were incidents such as muggings and robberies involving teams and personnel.

Jordan's team manager Tim Edwards said the warning were sensible but should not deter people from enjoying visiting the generally friendly city of Sao Paulo: "Changing out of team clothing is a sensible precaution which we will be taking to avoid unwanted attention," Edwards said. "I think, however, that it is important to keep things in perspective."

"Although there were some nasty incidents here last year, these tend to be isolated events. The Brazilian people could not be more friendly and welcoming, and as a team we very much enjoy visiting the country, and especially having a good night out at the local churrascuria restaurants."

At last year's race there was theft of equipment from Jaguar and Minardi, then-Minardi team manager Tony Lees was held up at gunpoint and Williams personnel also experienced trouble.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Tim Edwards , Tony Lees
Teams Williams , Minardi , Jordan