After an impressive performance during yesterday’s qualifying session for the German Grand Prix, Daniil Kvyat’s race at Hockenheim could not have gone much worse.
A good start saw the Russian youngster move up to sixth place after the safety car period, but he was powerless to hold back the drivers behind. When trying to recover a position from Sergio Perez, he was spun off, causing him to drop well down the order.
He was unable to fight back, and his race then went up in smoke quite literally as his Toro Rosso car caught fire heading down the back straight.
Kvyat was clearly frustrated to retire for the fourth time in five races, raising his hands and punching the air. Even if his luck has been down so far this year, he is certainly turning heads in Formula 1 with such mature and strong performances behind the wheel.
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.