Mercedes drivers set to miss team parade

Lewis Hamilton (right) and Nico Rosberg recorded 11 one-two finishes
Lewis Hamilton (right) and Nico Rosberg recorded 11 one-two finishes

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and his team-mate Nico Rosberg are set to duck out of a celebratory event in Brackley town centre.

The Mercedes team are celebrating after a clean-sweep season saw them bag the constructors’ title and the drivers’ championship.

Andy Cowell, Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe celebrate NNL-141124-093314002

Andy Cowell, Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe celebrate NNL-141124-093314002

A celebratory parade has been in the pipeline since the Brackley-based team lifted the constructors’ trophy but the scale of the event has remained a mystery.

A spokesman for South Northants Council confirmed an event will take place in Brackley on Tuesday, December 2 but neither Hamilton or Rosberg will be present.

However, mayor of Brackley Elaine Wiltshire is looking forward to the event and thinks the triumphant team may even spring a surprise.

She said: “It’s a bit disappointing – I’d have thought one of them might be there.

“Or maybe someone will turn up? You never know. I think it’s a watch this space kind of thing.”

More on this when we get it.