LONDON, England - Thieves have raided the Red Bull Formula 1 plant in Milton Keynes, central England, and stolen more than 60 trophies.
RACING TROPHIES STOLEN: Ram-raid robbers have smashed their way into the Red Bull F1 plant. Image: Red Bull
Two cars were used for the raid, one of them a silver SUV that was driven through the entrance doors.
A police statement said: "Police were called at 1.30am (Dec 6 2014) to the Red Bull Racing factory
where a group of around six men used a vehicle to drive through the
front entrance to gain access to the premises. They stole morre than 60 trophies belonging to the Red Bull
"Night staff on the premises were not harmed."
team principal Christian Horner said in a statement: "We are devastated by this serious factory break-in. A vehicle was driven through our front entrance and more
than 60 trophies, which took years and hard work to accumulate, were stolen.
"The break-in caused significant damage and was very upsetting for
our night officers on duty at the time. 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."
'UNFAIR ON FANS'
Horner said he was puzzled why anyone would want to steal trophies whose intrinsic value was low. "The value to the team is extraordinarily high due to the
sheer hard work and effort that went into winning each one."
Horner said that, regrettably, Red Bull would probably have to make their site less accessible in the future. Some of the stolen items were believed to be replicas. "That would be unfair on the hundreds of fans who travel to visit our
factory each year to see our trophies and our Formula 1 car."
Austrian team Red Bull entered F1 in 2005 and one of its then drivers, Sebastian Vettel, won the F1 Drivers' championship four years in a row
(2010-2013). The team also topped the Constructors' standings in
each of those years.
The teams multiple-win run ended in 2014 when Mercedes dominated the season with drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg; Hamilton took the Drivers' title and the team took the Constructors' award.