Lopez a bystander in kidnapping incident

Gerard Lopez

Gerard Lopez

Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez was caught up in the middle of a kidnapping incident in South America recently, according to reports in French media.

Le Quotidien claims Lopez was returning from a business trip to Venezuela when he visited his 38-year-old friend Stephanie Turci in France.

Lopez was reportedly the only witness when masked men armed with silenced pistols burst into the house and dragged Turci, who is divorced, into a waiting Renault Espace.

Subsequent reports indicate Turci is safe and well, having been set free without any demand of ransom. French authorities are reportedly investigating the incident.

Lopez’s lawyer is quoted as having said: “I can only conclude that Ms Turci was the target.” (GMM)