One week on from Lewis Hamilton’s sensational Formula 1 world championship victory in Abu Dhabi, Mercedes celebrated its incredible success across the course of the 2014 season at its “Stars and Cars” homecoming event in Germany today.
Some 50,000 fans ventured to Mercedes’ home city of Stuttgart for the event on Saturday, with a temporary show run circuit being built to allow the drivers to showcase their cars.
Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg were the stars of the show, celebrating a record-breaking year for Mercedes that saw the German marque win its first F1 championships since the 1950s when Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss were racing.
Moss was just one motorsport legend to make an appearance at the event, and was joined by Niki Lauda, Hans Herrmann and Klaus Ludwig.
Having enjoying a remarkable turnaround in fortunes in 2014 since switching to Mercedes engines, Williams was also represented in Stuttgart by Valtteri Bottas and test driver Susie Wolff.
Still basking in the glory following his victory in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton was quick to thank all of the fans that made the trip to celebrate Mercedes’ year.
“The reception from the fans here in Stuttgart was absolutely indescribable,” Hamilton said. “I celebrated my first world title with spectators here at Stars & Cars back in 2008, but this year, they have topped even my expectations. The atmosphere was fantastic and a fitting conclusion to this incredible season.
“I never thought in a million years that I would receive such support. Winning this title was the best moment of my life. The team turned in an extraordinary performance, for which I would like to thank all my colleagues in the factories at Brackley, Brixworth and here in Stuttgart. Our progress since last year has been absolutely phenomenal.”
An array of classic cars were on show at the event, including a grand prix racer dating back 100 years from the French Grand Prix.
“This event was the most fitting way to bring to a close this wonderful anniversary season, celebrating 120 years of motorsport and 80 years of the Silver Arrows,” Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said. “We could not have devised anything better. Stars & Cars gave us the chance to say thank you to our loyal fans for their great support after a long motor racing season.
“It was just brilliant to hear the engines of current and classic Silver Arrows firing up around the Mercedes-Benz museum. Once again this year, Stars & Cars provided a unique blend of modern and classic motor sport.”