Lewis Hamilton’s world championship victory for Mercedes broke Red Bull’s grip on the Formula 1 scene and heralds a refreshing new era in the sport.
Formula 1 Fans of the Cayman Islands met at Pirates Den in Galleria Plaza on Sunday morning for the last time this season to see the 29-year-old Brit seal his second world title.
More than 60 people attended the race and in the process helped raise money for Cayman Meals On Wheels.
“We gave away over 30 door prizes generously provided throughout the season by Automotive Art ($1,000), RUBIS gas ($1,000), Power Flower ($500), H&B ESSO ($250) and various other local businesses,” said Danny Roach, the club’s organizer.
The club raised an additional $934 for the Meals on Wheels program.
Total funds raised this year for Cayman charities was more than $6,000, spread between the Cancer Society, Cayman HospiceCare, the Humane Society, Pines Retirement Home and Meals on Wheels.
“We welcome Honda Racing back for next year with Car City and Mercedes joining our growing list of community-minded marketing partners,” Roach said.
He congratulated Mercedes on their manufacturers’ win and Hamilton for fending off his teammate, Nico Rosberg.
Fernando Alonso has left Ferrari after five years to join McLaren, making way for Sebastian Vettel who has surprisingly left Red Bull after a poor season despite winning four consecutive drivers’ titles in previous years.
Roach is excited about Vettel joining Ferrari to partner Kimi Raikkonen. “Success by the Ferrari cars will depend on improvements they can make in the off season,” he said.
“But Mercedes are showing that they are showing the whole package in both wet and dry weather so it will be very tough for McLaren with Honda engines to surpass them.”