Crowds came together in thousands to see 2014 Formula One World champion, Lewis Hamilton and his defeated rival Nico Rosberg as both appeared at the Mercedes-Benz annual Stars & Cars event in Germany on Saturday.
The duo joined a wide range of other current and former drivers to celebrate Mercedes’ motor racing season – Including their record-breaking F1 dominance in style. A total of 64 classic vehicles where displayed stretching as far back as a Grand Prix car from 1914. These took part in demonstration runs on a temporary 1.1-Kilometre circuit close to the Mercedes-Benz museum.
Hamilton paid tribute to all 50,000 people who turned out for the event by saying “the reception from the fans here in Stuttgart was absolutely indescribable. I celebrated my first world title with spectators here at Stars and cars back in 2008, but this year, they have topped even my expectations.”
Rosberg pledged to come back even stronger in 2015, adding “2012 has been an incredible year for me. I’ve been particularly inspired by the huge support of my fans around the world. It gives me extra strength yet again. I’ll be back on the offensive next year.” With Rosberg’s strong statement we will have to wait and see if he can actually come back and win it next year.
“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.
This was a brilliant event for all the fans that turned up to see the event that marked the end of one of the most successful years in Mercedes-Benz’s motorsport history. On top of a record-breaking 16 Grand-Prix poles and winds and 11 one-two F1 finishes, they claimed 18 wins from 43 races in DTM and the FIA European Formula Three championship.