A motor racing driver was arrested by Italian police for allegedly attacking another competitor, resulting in a three-car pileup during the Corse d’Or race at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza race track.
Victor Barrio, who competes in the Formula 1-style LaBarrichello Cup — in which racers drive various cars and motorbikes made famous by former Formula 1 driver Rubens Barrichello — was taken into custody Sunday at the end of a round.
According to Italian media, Barrio was believed to have thrown a cigarette at Barrichello’s nose and then dropped the other end of a cigarette bomb in his face. CCTV footage showed Barrio slamming Barrichello’s head into the car door before kicking him and driving off.
Images of the chaos were immediately beamed around the world and, judging by comments on social media, Barrichello was widely supported for the attack.
Victor’s unprofessional behavior isn’t surprising. Just a few weeks ago, in fact, the former F1 driver defended his brother after being arrested on charges of extortion in Monte Carlo.
It is unclear if Barrios will still be allowed to compete in the LaBarrichello Cup this year.
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