Earlier this week, we reported how German F1 fans were making the most of a €77 price cut in tickets for next weekend’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim after the race organizers offered a €11 discount for every goal that the team scored.
Germany’s 7-1 demolition of Brazil in the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup came as a shock to the footballing world, but a number of German drivers are also making the most of the success to tease their Brazilian rivals.
Former F1 driver Timo Glock is now racing in the German DTM series with car #17, so why not make the most of the 7-1 win by placing a Brazilian and German flag on either side?
Fellow BMW racer Augusto Farfus was the target of his mockery, but he was a good sport and even donned a pair of German sunglasses for this picture.
Sebastian Vettel also spoke about the victory at Silverstone, saying: “Obviously very proud of how they played and of the result. Obviously it was more dominant than everyone was expected, but for the final, whoever we meet, it will be tight so as a fan I’m cheering and rooting for Germany!”.
Let’s just hope for Glock’s sake that Neuer and co. can find a way past Argentina on Sunday night…
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.