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Fernando Alonso launches emoji app, includes deckchair antics

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Fernando Alonso has followed in the footsteps of Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber and Steph Curry by launching his own custom emoji app.

As well as being one of the most impressive and relentless racers Formula 1 has known, the two-time world champion has been ’embracing the meme’ more and more in recent years.

The McLaren driver announced revealed his new emoji app on both the Apple Store and Google Play, allowing his fans to access the stickers for use in messages and posts.

There may have been 77 Alonso-jis (that works, right?) to pick from, but there could be just one winner: the deckchair, as seen in Brazil for the past two years.

So ifΒ you’re tired of sending the same old spicy memes to your friends, Fernando’s got your back covered.

Depending on McLaren’s fortunes through 2017, we imagine some may be used more than others, though…

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 ofΒ 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.