Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport made history their last time out, winning a sixth straight Constructors’ Championship™ in Japan and in the process ensuring they will be the first F1 team to win six consecutive championship doubles.
“When we embarked on this journey, no one would have dreamed we would ever be able to achieve this,” Team Principal Toto Wolff said. “We hoped that we would be able to win races, maybe even a Championship and represent the Mercedes brand well – but to win six consecutive double Championships and beat a record that seemed unbeatable is very satisfying. It’s an achievement that is testament to the hard work, great determination and passion of every single member of our team. Everyone in Brixworth and Brackley has done a tremendous job and we all feel very grateful to call ourselves World Champions for a sixth consecutive time.
“There is no sense of entitlement in this team for future success, so we were quickly back to our usual race preparation routine after Japan. We know that the four remaining races are not going to be easy and we expect Mexico to be the most difficult one for us. The high altitude of the track brings some fairly unusual challenges as the low air density affects the downforce of the car, the cooling and the engine performance. It’s a combination that doesn’t particularly suit our car, but we will give it everything to try and limit the damage. We look forward to the fight and to the amazing Mexican crowd that shares our love for racing and turns the weekend into a brilliant celebration of motorsport.”
Lewis Hamilton, the leader in the standings with 338 points, and Valtteri Bottas, who is sitting on 274 points after his Suzuka win, are the only two drivers still in contention for the Drivers’ Championship.
Hamilton, who has secured the drivers’ title in Mexico the past two years, will clinch his sixth career crown if he can outscore his teammate by 14 points.