Over the weekend Red Bull Racing had its haul of over 60 F1 trophies stolen in a daring early morning raid at its headquarters in Milton Keynes, England. The trophies represented race wins and podium finishes and were pride of place at the reception area.
It is believed a 4×4 was used by a group of at least six men to ram-raid the front glass entrance which shattered upon impact. The thieves then stole the trophies and made their getaway as quickly as they had arrived.
There were staff at the HQ when the theft occurred at around 01:30 GMT, Thames Valley Police said no one was threatened or injured during the raid.
Red Bull Team Principle Christian Horner revealed: “The break-in caused significant damage and was very upsetting for our night officers who were on duty at the time.”
Horner said the team were understandably upset because the trophies were a display of six years of hard work:
“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.”
It has been reported that most of the trophies were made from plastic, Horner added that Red Bull would have to put in new security measures meaning the site would be less accessible to the public.