Formula E hits the track for first day of testing (PHOTOS)

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With the grid forming up and its inaugural season now about two months away, the FIA Formula E Championship has gotten down to business with the first of two days of testing at Donington Park. Here’s day one times.

Meanwhile, here’s a round-up of social posts and photos from the day at the circuit:

Sam Bird (Virgin Racing) goes Luis Suarez on Bruno Senna (Mahindra Racing) prior to testing.

Senna and Nick Heidfeld (Venturi GP) in their respective cars.

Yes, that would appear to be Oriol Servia with the sunglasses as new Dragon Racing recruit Mike Conway prepares for his first laps.

Team Amlin Aguri’s Katherine Legge gets ready to run.

What the Aguri car – and realistically, all FE cars – sound like.

The e.dams-Renault entry.

e.dams’ Nicolas Prost looking a bit like his father, Alain, head-on.

It’s ex-F1 shoes Franck Montagny and Scott Speed, now both testing for Andretti Autosport. Montagny’s been confirmed to race for the team; Speed races for Andretti’s Red Bull Global Rallycross program.

Former F1 and IndyCar racer Christian Danner, now a TV commentator, takes test laps.

The Audi Sport Abt machine, driven by Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt.

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.