- Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel was the victim of a robbery after this past weekend's race in Barcelona
- The German, who drives for Aston Martin, was unharmed in the incident, but the thieves made off with a bag of his containing valuables of sorts
- He became the third F1 driver to be targeted for theft, after Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris' watches worth hundreds of thousands of pounds were taken not long ago
Criminals appear to have it in for Formula One drivers at the moment.
Aston Martin driver Sebastien Vettel was the subject of a robbery yesterday in the Spanish city of Barcelona. The four-time world champion had participated in the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where he finished in 11th place as Red Bull's Max Verstappen claimed the honours.
According to Sport24, Vettel, who was unharmed in the incident, set off in pursuit of the stolen property - where it was snatched was not made clear - by using the Find My iPhone application connected to his AirPods. The 34-year-old German managed to track down his earphones, the bag and other items inside have not been found.
An Aston Martin spokesperson said on Monday:
"A bag belonging to Sebastian Vettel was stolen in Barcelona this morning. He tried to find it by using his iPhone to track his earphones which were in his bag but when he located his earphones, he found them abandoned and was unable to locate his stolen bag."
Vettel is said to have reported the matter to police.
Planet F1 reported that Vettel is the second F1 driver to be robbed in as many months after Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was stripped of his Richard Mille watch, worth £250,000, in Milan in April.
Thieves also snatched a Richard Mille watch off British driver, of McLaren, Lando Norris following last summer’s Euro 2020 final at Wembley, as per ESPN.
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