SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Four members of the Toyota Formula One
team were ambushed by gunmen near the Interlagos track, but no one
Toyota spokeswoman Fernanda Villas-Boas said Saturday about 20
teenagers stopped her group and other cars as they left the circuit
a day earlier.
"Some people tried to escape and they started shooting," she
said. "We lowered our heads and were able to flee. Thankfully,
nothing more serious happened."
The ambush occurred about 2 miles from the track on the main
road used by teams and drivers to gain access the circuit.
"One of them pointed the gun to my head and tried breaking the
window of the car with his foot," Villas-Boas said. "No one was
hurt, but everybody was really upset afterward."
"We have to make it clear this was not related to the Brazilian
Grand Prix," she added. "They didn't know we were with Toyota."
The Brazilian GP is Sunday, with Fernando Alonso of Renault
closing in on the title. Alonso leads seven-time champion Michael Schumacher of Ferrari by 10 points and can win his second
consecutive championship by finishing eighth or better. Schumacher
must win the race and hope Alonso fails to earn points.