The Formula 1 field put on a sensational show ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix, with drivers and teams taking part in the first ‘F1 Live’ event on the streets of London.
All ten teams brought their show cars, leadership and star drivers – with the sole absentee being Lewis Hamilton. According to the Englishman’s social media channels, he is currently enjoying a mini-vacation.
This is itself highly unusual timing given there is only a one-week gap between the preceding Austrian Grand Prix and this weekend’s round in Britain. What’s even stranger is that Mercedes seemed to permit this absence when the event has been a well-known secret in the paddock for months.
In any respect, it was a bad move by Hamilton, who disappointed thousands of fans who flocked to Trafalgar Square in the hope of seeing him.
With his absence giving a free kick to the tabloids with whom he already has an uneasy relationship, the event nonetheless proved to be a massive success. Here are a selection of our favourite shots from the day:
At least one British World Champion showed up
An iconic McLaren Honda returned to action
Ricciardo was nominated to violate the ‘no doughnut’ rule
The championship leader delights the London crowd
A champion in waiting drives a championship-winner
An F1 demonstration is incomplete without some tyre smoking action
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