A F1 spokesman has said that Jenson Button’s home was burgled and anaesthetic gas may have been used against Button and his wife, Jessica, during the burglary in France.
The two men, who stole jewellery including Jessica’s impressive engagement ring, may have pumped anaesthetic gas through the air conditioning system before the break-in on Monday. The couple were staying in a rented villa in Saint-Tropez whilst visiting friends.
Button and his model wife, married in December, were unharmed but are “unsurprisingly shaken”.
F1 driver’s spokesperson said that “Two men broke into the property whilst they all slept and stole a number of items of jewellery, most upsettingly, Jessica’s engagement ring.”
“The police have indicated that this has become a growing problem in the region with perpetrators going so far as to gas their proposed victims through the air conditioning units before breaking in.”
In 2006 footballer Patrick Vieira, his wife and daughter were victims of a raid on their family home near Cannes.
The Sun newspaper estimated reported the valuables stolen to be worth approximately £300,000.
Jason Button is known for winning the F1 championship in 2009 driving for Brawn GP and finished in eighth place in 2014.