Police in Milton Keynes have recovered some of the trophies that were stolen from Red Bull Racing’s factory earlier this month.
On the night of December 5th, as Daniel Ricciardo accepted his trophy for coming third in the World Championship, a group of six men used a 4×4 to smash through the glass front of the Red Bull factory before stealing sixty trophies the team had won over their time in Formula One, which were housed in a glass cabinet in the reception area. Night workers at the factory were not harmed in the raid.
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner expressed his shock at the robbery of trophies which he described as having a “low intrinsic value” but being of large sentimental value to the team.
The police had asked people not to buy the stolen trophies if offered them, and to report any information about the men who committed the crime.
Today, they announced that they had recovered roughly twenty of the trophies from a lake in the area, which were likely dumped by the thieves due to the widespread publicity the robbery received. Police said they were unable to give an exact figure on the number of trophies recovered as some had been damaged, and they would need to first consult with the team.
A statement from the Thames Valley Police read: “Around 20 of the trophies were yesterday recovered from the Horseshoe Lake near Sandhurst, after being spotted by a member of the public. They were found near Sandhurst in Berkshire, some 120kms from the RBR base in Milton Keynes
“Members of the Specialist Search and Rescue Team searched part of the lake yesterday and located a number of trophies. We estimate about twenty trophies have been recovered, but we are liaising with Red Bull to establish the exact number, as some of the trophies are damaged.”
They also asked anyone with information about the robbery to contact them.
Lewis Hamilton was crowned BBC’s Sports Person of the Year at a ceremony in Glasgow last night.
The Briton, who last month beat team-mate Nico Rosberg and won his second World Championship, received 34% of the public vote which saw him comfortably beat second-placed, but favourite for the title, golfer Rory McIlroy, who raked in 20% of the public vote.
With his dog Roscoe by his side, Hamilton took to the stage after the result was announced to say: “I would have voted for Rory, but if you’re watching, it can be difficult to choose at home, because everyone in their own right has achieved so much.
“I think what makes it more surprising, is watching all those great sportsmen and women on the screen and realising that I might be among some of the greatest sporting heroes of my time.”
Other recipients of the BBC SPOTY award are 1996 World Champion Damon Hill and triple Champion Jackie Stewart. It is Hamilton’s third time being nominated for the award, coming second after his maiden season in F1, 2007, and again in 2008 when he won his first Championship.
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Former F1 driver David Coulthard was victorious at the Race of Champions last weekend, fending off a final challenge from Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein.
The Scot, who took thirteen Grands Prix victories over his fifteen seasons in Formula One, was racing for Team Scotland alongside Williams reserve driver Susie Wolff. Team Scotland’s bid for glory ended in the final, however, following defeat from Team Nordic drivers Tom Kristensen and Petter Solberg.
When it came to the individual event, Coulthard fared better and won the first two rounds of his best-of-three battle with Wehrlein in the final, securing his first win in the Championship, which annually pits drivers against each other, in both team and individual matches. While Team Nordic won this year’s Championship, Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher had brought Team Germany to victory each year between 2007 and 2013.
Romain Grosjean won last year’s Champion of Champions trophy, but fared less successfully this year where he raced alongside Esteban Ocon in Team France. Second-placed Wehrlein raced with GP2 Champion Jolyon Palmer in the Young Stars team.
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Esteban Gutierrez was today announced as Ferrari reserve driver.
In contrast to Sebastian Vettel’s much-anticipated arrival at the team, Gutierrez’s appointment was widely unexpected. The Mexican joined Sauber in 2013 and competed with the team for two years, but was dropped by the team after a dismal season which saw Sauber’s first ever season without scoring a point.
“We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to Esteban who, although young, has plenty of experience relating to the new generation of Formula 1 cars,” said Ferrari’s Director General and Team Principal, Maurizio Arrivabene. “I am sure that, with his experience, he will make an important contribution to the development work of the team in the simulator.”
In a Ferrari press release, Gutierrez is quoted as saying: “It is for me the beginning of a new path for my future and I’m going to do my utmost to contribute to the achievement of the targets set by the Scuderia. It is an honour to become part of the Scuderia Ferrari family, a Team with such an exceptional history.”
Gutierrez is the first Mexican driver to race for Ferrari since Pedro Rodriguez in 1969. He will join former Sauber driver Pedro de la Rosa, Ferrari driver Marc Gené and GP2 and WEC driver Davide Rigon in the Ferrari reserve team. Meanwhile, Sauber have signed former Williams reserve driver Felipe Nasr and Caterham driver Marcus Ericsson as their 2015 line-up, dropping Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil.
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