Mercedes are celebrating after a triumphant end to a dominant season saw Lewis Hamilton crowned Formula One world champion.
The Brackley-based team have masterminded 16 wins, 18 pole positions and 31 podiums for their Silver Arrows cars and the town is set for an open-top bus parade to mark their success.
Lewis Hamilton secured the drivers’ championship with victory in the final Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi yesterday.
The 29-year-old, who won his first title in 2008 with McLaren, becomes only the fourth Briton to win two world titles.
His teammate Nico Rosberg, who was still in with a shot of winning the title, slumped to a 14th placed finish with car trouble but still finished the season as runner-up.
The Mercedes team had already clinched the constructors’ championship with Hamilton and Rosberg recording 11 one-two finishes this season – more than any team in the sport’s history.
Brackley Town councillor Mark Morrell, who campaigns for better roads as Mr Pothole, said: “The buzz around the town has been great for weeks now.
“I am sure that the whole of Brackley would congratulate both the team and drivers on such a successful year.
“To firstly win the constructors title with great cars this year was excellent, but to cap it off with it all going down to the last race to see who would be world champion was brilliant.”
Northants County Council leader Jim Harker said: “I extend my warmest congratulations to double world champion Lewis Hamilton and to Brackley-based constructors’ champions Mercedes.
“We’ve already had celebrations to mark this year’s 50th anniversary of the Grand Prix at Silverstone and what better way for the home of British motorsport to end the season than with such a momentous win.
“The high performance technology sector employs 22,000 people in Northamptonshire and more than half of all Formula One cars are either made in Northamptonshire, tested in Northamptonshire or have parts which are made in Northamptonshire.
“The industry is essential to the economic prosperity of the county and that’s why we invested £10 million to ensure Formula One stayed at Silverstone.
“And it’s why we’re working with the education sector to make sure we have the skilled workforce coming through to support the industry.”
Dr Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars said: “Lewis has truly earned that title with a fantastic performance this year.
“At the same time, I would also like to congratulate his team-mate Nico Rosberg and all of our staff in Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart on this fascinating and highly successful season.
“Formula 1 is a team sport, and they have all achieved a magnificent result from their joint efforts this year.”