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F1 Social Stint | Hamilton spotted in public for first time since Abu Dhabi

F1 Social Stint | Hamilton spotted in public for first time since Abu Dhabi

24 January - 08:52 Last update: 24 January - 08:52


The Formula One season is over and that means drivers and all other staff members of the F1 teams are going on vacation. In GPblog's F1 Social Stint, you can read about what drivers and teams do during the winter break.

Hamilton spotted in public

Lewis Hamilton has been quiet for weeks. Since the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Briton has not been posting on his social media and he is also nowhere to be found in the media. The seven-time world champion is currently in Los Angeles, where a fan took a picture with him. It is the first time since Abu Dhabi that the driver has been spotted in public.

Wolff puts on a racing outfit for a change

Toto Wolff has donned a Mercedes racing outfit for a ride in two of the German marque's sports cars. This is a different image than we normally see of the Mercedes team boss.

Perez sung to by Horner and Verstappen

Sergio Perez celebrated his 32nd birthday on 26 January. The Mexican did so at the Red Bull Racing factory where he received low-calorie muffins and was sung to by Christian Horner and team-mate Max Verstappen.

Formula 1 cars back in action

It has taken a while, but there is once again Formula 1 action on track in 2022. Ferrari starts their first test of the season this week. It will be driven with an older car from 2018, but the aim of the test is to warm up the team for the new season. Test driver Robert Shwartzman is the first man on the track.

Alonso finally begins his training for the new season

Fernando Alonso has had a busy winter. The Spaniard had to undergo an operation after his cycling accident a year ago and has also had to recover from it. The two-time world champion says on his Instagram account that he can now finally start training for 2022.

Mercedes looks back on its return to Formula 1

It was exactly twelve years ago today that Mercedes officially returned to Formula 1 as a works team. On 25 January 2010 the car was launched with which Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg finished fourth in the constructors' championship. In 2013, Lewis Hamilton joined the team and Mercedes finished second in the championship. With the introduction of the hybrid era, Mercedes is unbeatable as a constructor, winning the constructors' title for eight consecutive years.

Verstappen and Piquet board a helicopter together

Max Verstappen and Kelly Piquet love adventure, as evidenced by the Dutchman's latest Instagram post. There, they can be seen together in a helicopter, with the caption that there is more to come. In the story of the world champion, you can also see images from the helicopter with beautiful snow-covered mountain tops in Austria.

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Mercedes shares statistics

It was exactly nine years ago today that Lewis Hamilton had his first day at Mercedes. To celebrate, the team has taken to social media to recap the impressive statistics of Hamilton's career with Mercedes. The team continues to hint at the return of the Briton, who has been quiet on his social media for weeks.

McLaren 'shines a light' on the new MCL36

In the run-up to the new season, the teams use every opportunity to get their fans excited about the new livery. A car is never shown completely, but McLaren also shines a light on their new car.

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