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Hamilton draws the crowds at Stars & Cars event 05 Nov 2007

L-R: Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren, and Mika Hakkinen (FIN) in front of the crowd. Over 60,000 Daimler and Mercedes-Benz employees and fans attended the day. Stars and Cars Day, Stuttgart, Germany, 3 November 2007. © www.DaimlerChrysler.com Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren, meets the fans. Over 60,000 Daimler and Mercedes-Benz employees and fans attended the day. Stars and Cars Day, Stuttgart, Germany, 3 November 2007. © www.DaimlerChrysler.com

More than 60,000 people turned out to see 2007 championship runner-up Lewis Hamilton in Germany on Sunday, as he appeared at Mercedes’ annual Stars & Cars event in Stuttgart.

Hamilton joined Mercedes colleagues from both Formula One racing and the German DTM series to celebrate the end of the company’s 2007 motor racing season. In traditional style, the day featured a packed programme of demonstration laps, pit-stop competitions, autograph sessions, live music and more.

Hamilton paid tribute to the Mercedes fans and workers in attendance, pledging an even better performance with McLaren next year, following his spectacular 2007 debut, which saw him finish just one point shy of new world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

“I believe that next year we will be even stronger and I promise all my colleagues at Mercedes-Benz that we will again fight for the championship, and this time we will take it,” he proclaimed.

The event, being staged for the 13th time since its inception since 1994, marked the end of one of the most successful seasons in Mercedes’ history. From their 70 starts in Formula One, Formula Three and DTM, they won on 58 occasions and finished on the podium a further 11 times.