F1 Team, Red Bull, have been left “devastated” after a dramatic break-in saw 60 trophies stolen.
It has been described as something out of the Grand Theft Auto games after a six man team of criminals broke into the Red Bull Factory.
Red Bull Team Principle, Christian Horner, said that the crime has caused “significant damange” to the team.
‘The offenders took items that not only did not belong to them, but which represented the efforts of a group of dedicated, hard-working individuals,’ said Horner.
The six-man group reportedly used a silver 4×4 to crash through the glass front entrance to the factory in Milton Keynes.
A second vehicle, a dark Mercedes estate, was also used in the heist.
Both vehicles displayed foreign number plates.
‘Beyond the aggressive nature of this break-in, we are perplexed why anyone would take these trophies’ continued Horner.
‘The value to the team is of course extraordinarily high due to the sheer hard work and effort that went into winning each and every one.
‘But their intrinsic value is low; they would be of little benefit to those outside of the team and, in addition to that, many of the trophies on display were replicas.’
Two staff members on duty at the time of the break-in were not harmed.
It is feared that the break-in could lead to security measures that will affect the Red Bull Factory’s yearly visitors.
‘The actions of these men mean it’s likely that we will have to make our site less accessible in the future, which will be unfair on the hundreds of fans that travel to visit our factory each year to see our trophies and our Formula One car.’
By Peter Jepson