Jenson Button, McLaren Formula One driver, has taken measures to increase his personal security after the Briton and his wife were robbed while asleep in a private villa in the south of France this month.
Button earned only his second points finish of the season at the chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix after he placed ninth.
Button said he had been at a wedding before arriving at the villa, and that he must have been followed by the burglars.
“While unharmed, everyone involved is unsurprisingly shaken by the events”, he said.
“We will start at the back but, as I always say, this is a year of testing for us”, he is quoted by Spain’s El Confidencial.
“It is what it is”, the 2009 world champion said. Button said that they want to forget about the incident, but at the same time be “cautious”.
“Someone burgled our house when we were in it and whether we were gassed or not doesn’t matter”. We are all here safe and well, that is the important thing but it is unbelievable that we didn’t realise it was happening.
“There are some races we need to sacrifice to get ready for the second half of the season, and definitely this is one of those”, said Alonso. A number of valuable items including Michibata’s expensive engagement ring was stolen.
The former superpower have changed so many elements of the power unit they have beaten their own 50 place record from the Austrian Grand Prix in June.
The Woking squad has incurred the penalties after completing full engine changes on both its entries, which sees Button and Alonso utilising their seventh power units of the season.
The untaken grid drops are no longer carried over into upcoming races.
Meanwhile, Button has sought to dampen down any expectation that Honda are set to produce a seismic performance boost this weekend when the sport reconvenes for the Belgian GP after McLaren’s engine providers elected to spend three of their remaining seven development tokens.