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F1 driver Sebastian Vettel chased down thieves on an electric scooter after being robbed in Barcelona

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Formula 1 race car driver Sebastian Vettel reportedly chased thieves through the streets of Barcelona on an electric scooter on Monday after his bag was stolen out of his car.

The thieves allegedly made off with Vettel's possessions after swiping the bag through the window of his car Monday morning following Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, Catalan news outlet El Periodical reported.

Rather than leaving the retrieval to local police, Vettel, a German-born racer who competes for Aston Martin, hopped on an electric scooter and went after the criminals. Per reports, Vettel used the GPS signal from his AirPods headphones to determine the bandits' location.

The four-time champion was actually able to track down the headphones. But when he arrived at the location, his bag and other possessions were nowhere to be found. The thieves likely dumped the headphones in an attempt to lose their tail.

Aston Martin confirmed the robbery in a statement, saying: "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 therefore unable to locate his stolen bag."

According to the Daily Mail, Vettel reported the incident to police and an investigation has since been opened. As of Tuesday morning, the criminals remained unidentified.

The outlet noted that F1 racers have been the targets of similar crimes in Barcelona in recent years. And ESPN added that Vettel is the third F1 driver to be robbed in the past 10 months.

Both McLaren's Lando Norris and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc reportedly had watches stolen. Norris' watch was taken during riots at the Euro 2020 final last summer, and Leclerc's $320,000 Richard Mille watch was taken right off his wrist while he posed for a photograph with fans last month.

Vettel's incident capped off a rough week for the driver, who finished 11th in the Spanish Grand Prix, placing him one position away from being awarded points.

BBC News reported that Aston Martin has had the second-slowest car on the grid since the start of the season. Making matters worse, the team is currently facing an allegation from Red Bull that it copied its car.

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