Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have split the wins over the last four Grands Prix as they closed out both the constructors’ and drivers’ titles for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, with Hamilton taking the checkered flag in Russia and Mexico, while Bottas triumphed in Japan and the United States.
The duo will be looking to extend that winning run and finish out the season with more highs as the Formula One™ paddock travels to Brazil.
“Last week we had the chance to celebrate the Championships with everyone at Brixworth and Brackley – the 1,500 men and women that form this amazing team and made this extraordinary success possible,” Team Principal Toto Wolff said. “It is always a special moment and this year’s was particularly special as our sixth consecutive double sets a new benchmark in our sport. But despite this record-breaking achievement, I still feel a lot of hunger and desire for more achievements.
“There’s no sense of complacency, everybody is still determined to keep on improving. It’s an inspiring group of people that fully lives up to the Mercedes aspiration of being the best.
“We have two races to go in the 2019 season and we want to end this season on a high. The next stop takes us to Brazil which brings back fond memories from last year when we were not only able to win the race but also secure the Constructors’ Championship at Interlagos.
“It’s a very short track which makes Qualifying particularly challenging as the margins are very small. We have generally not had the fastest car on Saturdays since the summer break, but we were able to take pole in Austin and will try to fight for a front row start again at São Paulo.”
Hamilton, who secured his sixth title last time out, has tallied three poles at Interlagos, most recently in 2018, to go along with two victories at the track. A win this weekend in Brazil would give Hamilton 11 total in 2019, matching his career high set in 2014 and 2018.
Bottas has already set a career best for wins after his victory at the Circuit of the Americas gave him four wins on the season.