We’re a bit delayed on posting this, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep thanking our lucky stars that Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires driver Lloyd Read emerged unscathed after this near miss.
The driver of the No. 28 Bryan Herta Autosport/Jeffrey Mark Motorsport entry went to the outside of the field through Turns 1-2-3 in the St. Petersburg season opener, but his momentum carried him right into the path of Scott Anderson’s debris field from his accident in the No. 24 Fan Force United entry.
Anderson lost a tire after he hit the wall exiting Turn 3 – the tire then bounded across the track and actually clipped Read’s right front mirror, only narrowly missing his helmet in the process.
Read’s on-track luck didn’t improve much in Long Beach this weekend, where he got this radio call.
If the racing gods are done toying with the poor Welsh rookie, then perhaps he can make it through the next round at Barber without a tire or fire coming into the picture.
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.