ALL GONE: The glass cabinet of trophies at the Red Bull factory before it was smashed and raided. Image: YouTube
LONDON, England - Red Bull boss Helmut Marko believes the chances are high that the ram-raid gang which stole trophies from the Formula 1 teams plant will be melted for their silver content.
That means they will be lost for ever.
The team confirmed at the weekend that a ram-raid on its Milton-Keynes factory early on Saturday morning resulted in the theft of "more than 60" trophies, as was reported by Wheels24.
GONE IN 150 SECONDS
German publications confirmed that the actual number was 64, representing almost half of the team's total collection of 142 F1 prizes.
"The trophy case was smashed with a sledgehammer," Marko told Bild newspaper. "They were finished in two and a half minutes."
Video footage captured the entire scene, with Marko saying the robbery was carried out by 10 masked men who drove a vehicle through Red Bull's glass doors.
"We suspect that the gang will melt our trophies down," Marko told Die Welt, "judging by the way they were thrown carelessly into the car. The price of silver is currently very high and they can't be sold because they are unique."
Marko said that while the monetary value of the loss ws not hig the trophies were priceless to the four-times Formula 1 champions.
"If you are talking about five to ten pounds of silver per cup, it's a few thousand euros in total.