After locking out the front row of the grid during qualifying yesterday, Mercedes will be chasing its fifth straight win at today’s Spanish Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton leading the charge from pole position.
You can watch the Spanish Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET. CLICK HERE for live stream.
Hamilton himself is looking to win his fourth straight race in Spain, and it would be his first victory at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya if he can indeed pull it off. However, with teammate Nico Rosberg waiting in the wings, he will have a fight on his hands to seize the lead of the drivers’ championship from the German.
Daniel Ricciardo will lead Red Bull’s efforts from third place. Sebastian Vettel was slapped with a five place grid penalty following a gearbox change due to a failure in Q3, and will start down in 15th. Valtteri Bottas and Romain Grosjean were the surprise packages of qualifying, and will start fourth and fifth respectively.
The Spanish Grand Prix is certainly hotting up to be a close one, so make sure that you tune in from 7:30am ET on NBCSN and Live Extra. CLICK HERE for live stream.
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.