Jenson Button narrowly avoids carjacking in Brazil

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There was drama of a different kind for Jenson Button in Brazil, as he narrowly escaped having his car stolen by several heavily-armed men.

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Six or seven armed men approached the car that the British driver was being chauffeured around in while the car was sat in a traffic jam.

Fortunately for the McLaren driver, the undercover policeman who was at the wheel of the car took evasive manoeuvres and managed to plough his way through the sea of cars to deliver Button unharmed from the incident.

Button has been quick to praise the Brazilian officer, referring to him as a “legend” for his quick thinking and fast actions.

Despite the potential seriousness of the situation, Button has managed to remain relatively nonchalant about his encounter, stating that he believes that attackers did not set out to target him specifically.

"It always looks set up, I'm sure," said the British driver, "and that is the way it felt.

"But I'm sure it was a random attack, that's the way I like to think of it."

Button was not the only person to have an encounter with some of Brazil's criminal element, as members of the Sauber team were also the victims of a carjacking on the Saturday evening.

The team-members had their car surrounded by armed men, who then forced them to hand over two bags, after which the assailants fled the scene of the crime.

"At around eight o'clock three engineers were on their way from the circuit when they stopped at traffic lights," said a Sauber spokesperson

"They handed over two rucksacks before the men fled. They were all a little shaken at the time, but they're all okay today."

Meanwhile, the title race heats up as the drivers enter the final race, with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber taking first and second in Brazil.

Ladbrokes, Coral and William Hill currently offer 7/4 odds that Mark Webber will go on to win the F1 drivers' championship.


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