Hamilton welcomed home with guard of honour
Recently crowned Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton returned home to a hero’s welcome last week. Calling into the Mercedes basecamp in Brackley, the entire staff turned out to join in the celebrations.
“This a very emotional day,” said Hamilton. “I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome. Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away. This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together.”
“Since I was fortunate enough to join this team in 2012, I have seen it go from strength to strength,” added Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. “I still see many of the same faces who were here when I joined, but also new faces as we have continued to build the strength of this group. We are fortunate to have the right resources, which isn’t always a given, but importantly we have the right people.
“We have not allowed ourselves to become complacent, but remain motivated and energised. For me, I could not imagine working with a better group of people. I would like to say thank you very much to all of you.”
Wolff’s fellow team boss Niki Lauda echoed his colleague’s comments, saying: “For the fourth time in a row I’m in the fortunate position to say thank you to the entire team. 2017 has been a challenging year because of the rule change. A rule change always means uncertainty; no one knows what the other guys are doing.
“We started with a difficult car, but the team was able to consistently improve it throughout the season, which was the key to winning the championships. The team did a fantastic job and Lewis did a fantastic job. I’m really proud of everyone, it’s an incredible achievement. This year was the most difficult one so far and next year it will be even more difficult, but I trust the team 100%!”
Mercedes has been the dominant force in Formula 1 the last few years, despite Ferrari closing the gap over the past season. Hamilton has now won four world titles, making him the most successful British driver ever.
For top quality car servicing with unrivalled affordability and convenience – choose Servicing Stop for your service. With prices up to 60% off main dealers and FREE collection and delivery, booking with Servicing Stop is the best decision you’ll make today!