Lewis Hamilton: F1 title celebrations marred as Mercedes employee dies in car accident | F1 | Sport


Lewis Hamilton’s title celebrations have been marred by the devastating news that a Mercedes team employee died in a car crash last month.

A Mercedes team member died in the early hours of October 15, when returning home.

The driver, a 29-year-old man, hit a tree after coming off of the road.

Northamptonshire Police have asked for any witnesses to come forward with information.

“We can sadly confirm that a team member lost his life in a road traffic accident when returning home on the evening of Monday 14 October,”said a spokesperson for Mercedes.

“The team is in contact with the family and supporting them at this difficult time.”

Meanwhile, Northamptonshire Police said: “Just after midnight on Tuesday, October 15, a White Mercedes 300 AMG travelling in the direction of Farthinghoe left the carriageway, for reasons yet unknown, mounted the grass verge and collided with a tree.

“As a result of the collision, the driver, a 29-year-old man, died at the scene.”

The devastating news came after Mercedes won the Formula One Constructors’ Championship for a sixth consecutive year.

Hamilton also celebrated winning his sixth F1 title last weekend.

He sealed the championship after finishing second in the US Grand Prix on Sunday, behind Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

After winning the title, Hamilton posted an emotional message to fans, dedicating the championship to his friend Niki Lauda.

Hamilton said: “As a kid growing up in Stevenage, it was a wish to win an F1 race and a dream to win a championship, so to be standing here today representing my country, is such an incredible honour and beyond what I could have ever imagined.

“I wouldn’t be here without so many of you. My amazing family, especially my dad who taught me to never give up, my friends, my team at Mercedes and my fans.

“This season is for Niki Lauda, my incredible friend and mentor who we lost this year, who proved that courage and determination go hand in hand.

“This one’s for you, Niki. I’ll continue to make you proud.”

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