A bit of an odd story on a couple of fronts from a couple of days ago at the Mercedes HQ in Brackley. Apparently, a small group of travelers set up camp in the Mercedes car park (parking lot for those Americans in the crowd) and the local police were forced to serve an eviction notice to them and force them to leave the premises.
‘Northamptonshire Police were contacted about a report of a travelling camp at a factory site in Brackley at 8.15pm on Sunday,’ a spokesperson for Northamptonshire Police said.
‘The landowner used their powers under common law to serve notice for an eviction and the travellers left the site.’
If you follow the link, the article goes out of its way to pin Lewis Hamilton to this eviction which I find odd. It has nothing to do with Lewis. Terms like “Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes Formula One team” and “home of Hamilton’s team” are a bit strange. Lewis doesn’t own the team, he works for it. It would be more accurate to say that the travelers showed up in the parking lot of Lewis Hamitlon’s employer would it not? Why pin Lewis’s name to a slightly unfortunate and unsavory incident?
A bit of an odd situation but it got me to wondering, just who would make the call at Mercedes HQ to have an eviction notice served and the travelers removed? The facility manager? Someone from home office in Germany? Legal executive? Maybe it was Toto Wolff himself? Regardless, I seriously doubt it was Lewis and I am guessing here but I’d be surprised if he was even aware of it.
What Lewis was aware of is the new Hall of Fame the FIA started and his lack of attendance there. Like the London event earlier this year, Lewis chose not to attend as he had a fashion show to go to. Nevertheless, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher’s personal manager, Sabine Kehm, were all in attendance.
Maybe the travelers were actually these nine other drivers just camping out on their way down to the awards. Sir Jackie manning the BBQ, Nigel with the LCD TV and Playstation, Damon with the beer, Alonso with the social media capturing all the precious moments. You get the picture. Shame on you Toto—throwing out all those world champions!
Hat Tip: Autosport