To hear Formula One race car driver and reigning World Champion Jenson Button tell the story it was like something out of a Hollywood action movie.
Button was on his way back to his hotel room in Sao Paulo, Brazil after Saturday’s qualifying session for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Luckily, Button was in an armored vehicle provided by his team, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. Just as luckily his police driver was educated in emergency avoidance techniques.
Because what followed was a daubting machine gun ambush by at least six heavily armed attackers who brandished machine guns as Button’s car drove by a Brazilian shanty town. No word on if shot were fired, but Button said that in the daring escape his driver “bounced off about five cars” while getting the hell away from the bad guys with machine guns.
Unfortunately for Button his race day didn’t go as well with Sebastian Vettel winning the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix. That means that Button is all but out of the championships running this year’s title.
The results of the Brazilian Grand Prix:
1. Vettel (GER).
2. Webber (AUS).
3. Alonso (ESP).
4. Hamilton (UK).