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Sao Paulo violence will keep Massa away from home

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Felipe Massa won't be returning to live in his home city anytime soon given Sao Paulo's stubbornly high crime rate and violence.

The Brazilian city's security issues were once again brought to light this week after members of Mercedes' team were attacked at gun-point on Friday while leaving the Interlagos track's vicinity.

Thieves targeting the F1 community are a frequent occurrence each year at the Brazilian Grand Prix unfortunately, and reflect Sao Paulo's sorry state of affairs.

Massa, who retires from F1 at the end of the season says he has no intention of returning to the troubled city to live with his family.

"It is so sad not only for those who are having the problem but also for Brazilians. But it just shows how much the country needs to evolve," he said.

The Williams driver and veteran of 267 Grands Prix doesn't believe however that the latest incidents should encourage F1 to end its association with Brazil.

"We race in Mexico, we've raced in India, and I don't know if it's any more dangerous than there," he said.

"But it is a problem for the people in charge who need to give security for whoever is here.

"I love Brazil, but at the moment I will not go back (to live).

"My son is studying in Monaco, he speaks three languages which is important for his future. Maybe in the future I would love to return to a better and safer country," he added.

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