Sergio Perez struggling with high temperatures

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Sergio Perez has explained how the high temperatures in Hungary today affected the balance of his car, causing him to struggle in the second free practice session for the race this weekend.

The Mexican driver could only come home 12th in FP2, over one second behind pacesetter Sebastian Vettel, but he explained in a post-race interview how the heat had a detrimental impact on the pace of the MP4-28 car.

“I think this morning was very good, the car really worked fine. Unfortunately this afternoon the balance changed a lot,” Perez said.

“With the increase of track temperature it really made a difference, a big impact. The compounds are behaving so different in the prime to option.”

Perez’s final point was echoed by Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery, who identified a 1.5 second gap between the tire compounds after practice.

Lewis Hamilton comes home to Mercedes factory after fourth title

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On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.

And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.

Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.

The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.

“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “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. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.

“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”

A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.