At around 00.30 on Monday morning Gerard Lopez, the team principal of Lotus F1 Team (who comes to some of the races) but is not really involved in the operations of the team these days, was visiting a friend at her house in the town of Mexy, not for from the Luxembourg border. He had flown in from Venezuela that evening. Two armed and masked men (one with a silenced pistol) broke into the house and kidnapped divorcee Stéphanie Turci, who had been running a high-end fashion shop store in Luxembourg before giving up the business at the end of last year. They drove away in a Renault Espace driven by a third man. Lopez was the only witness. This was found abandoned in a nearby car park a few hours later, suggesting that the kidnappers had switched cars. Reports of this event appeared in the newspapers on Tuesday with Lopez’s lawyer telling media on Wednesday that the lady in question was an old friend, rather than being Lopez’s girlfriend. This seems to have been in response to earlier media reports. There were no ransom demands, but last night Mme Turci was released unharmed. No more details have been given in this strange affair. It is not really an F1 story beyond that and there is no point in speculating on the whys and wherefores. The investigation is being handled by a police unit in Nancy that specialises in organised crime. Lopez’s lawyer was keen to make the point that there is nothing to suggest that Lopez was anything other than a witness.