Ex-Red Bull F1 driver Robert Doornbos beaten with batons & has priceless Rolex stolen in violent attack | The Sun

FORMER Red Bull driver Robert Doornbos was clubbed over the head by bat-wielding thieves who stole his Rolex watch.

The Dutch racer, 41, was ambushed by two crooks outside his home in Amsterdam.

It is thought the horror robbery was planned and the thieves used a tracking device to follow his car's movements.

He arrived home shortly after midnight on March 18 and was attacked by two men.

The ex-F1 star was struck over the head and his priceless Rolex watch was swiped, along with his phone.

He said the incident has put him off wearing flash watches.

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Doornbos told RTL Boulevard: “It was intense.

“I no longer wear expensive watches, only an Apple Watch, so at least I can count my steps.”

Cops are investigating the violent attack and believe the two men responsible are aged between 25 and 30.

A police statement said: "The victim got out of his car at around 00.15am after parking when almost immediately an unknown man approached him with an accelerated pace.

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"He had a bat in his hand. The victim was hit in the head with the bat.

"While the victim defended himself and called for help, he was robbed of a precious watch and his phone.

"The duo [then] ran away from the Soetendaal, turning right in the direction of Vijverhoef."

Doornbos originally started out as a tennis player before giving up the sport to take up motor racing.

He went on to compete in F1 in 2005 and 2006 for Minardi and Red Bull Racing.

The sports star completed 11 races in his short stint and now works in punditry in the Netherlands.

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