As the F1 season comes to a close, though, it seems that Brazil is still indeed not as safe as some people say it it. Check out what just happened to former F1 champion Jensen Button:
A statement issued by Button's McLaren team read: "On Saturday, armed assailants made an attempt to approach the car carrying Jenson Button.No sh*t! I wonder why it was Button they targeted, though?
"Neither Jenson nor the other occupants of the car were hurt. McLaren provided Jenson and team-mate Lewis Hamilton with reinforced armoured vehicles.
"The police driver of Jenson's vehicle reacted swiftly and, using avoidance techniques, rapidly forced his way through the traffic, taking Jenson away from any danger.
"The Sao Paulo authorities have acted efficiently and will provide additional security for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix."
Button said: "We were going back from the track and were outside a shanty town and moving slowly on a busy road.
"I saw a dog come out, which was very cute. The next thing I saw was a man with a gun. I said 'isn't that a gun?' and as soon as I said that, the driver angled the car and floored it.
"That's when we saw six men, all of them brandishing machine guns. My driver was a legend. He bounced off about five cars. We were driving over the top of them. It was very scary."