With Lewis Hamilton locking up his fifth Drivers’ Championship last time out in Mexico, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport’s full attention turns to the Constructors’ title at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Interlagos.
Mercedes has won the past four team championships, and a fifth consecutive title would mark the sport’s second-longest streak behind Ferrari’s six-year run from 1999-2004.
“Our mindset is one of unfinished business as we head to Sao Paulo.”
“I’m in the frame of mind that I still have races to win and the job isn’t done yet,” Hamilton said. “Right now, the focus is on making sure we secure this title in the next two races for the team. That’s the key, because, as we always talk about, there are over 1,000 people back at the factory that work so hard and that is the one that means most to them. That’s on my to-do list so we can collectively do that this weekend or next weekend.”
Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas & Co. lead the constructors’ standings by 55 points entering the Brazilian Grand Prix. Ferrari needs to outscore Mercedes by 13 points to push the title fight to the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
Team Principal Toto Wolff:
“Mexico was a bittersweet weekend. On the one hand, we’re extremely happy for Lewis. He is the best driver of his generation and his fifth Formula One World Championship puts him among the absolute greatest this sport has ever seen. On the other hand, we cannot be satisfied with our race performance in Mexico. Qualifying looked promising but just a few laps into the race, we knew that we’d run into big issues with the tyres. We started to analyse those problems immediately after the race and have made progress with understanding the challenges we faced and why. It’s important to apply all our learnings to make sure we come back strong in Brazil.
“Our target for this season was to win both championships, not one title or the other, so our mindset is one of unfinished business as we head to Sao Paulo. We have a big battle on our hands for the constructors’ title and we have lost ground to Ferrari in each of the past race weekends – even though we had the base performance to do better. This is the moment to keep our feet on the ground, focus clearly on the objective and trust in our processes and people to deliver.
“In the cockpit, I know that both Lewis and Valtteri are determined to end their respective seasons on a high note; as a team, we are aiming to finish this year with our heads held high and with two performances that properly reflect the level of performance we have attained this year.”