Another championship-winning season is set to come to a close for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport this weekend at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the title winners finish off a record-breaking campaign.
The team has tallied 14 wins, nine 1-2 finishes and 31 total podium places through 20 races en route to their sixth straight championship double.
“This season has been a real rollercoaster for us,” Team Principal Toto Wolff said. “We’ve seen great on-track battles and we’ve loved the competition. We are very proud that we came out on top and managed to put the Mercedes name in the history books of Formula One with our sixth consecutive double title. On the other hand, it’s been an incredibly hard year where we had to say goodbye to too many friends. We were hit hard by the passing of Charlie, Niki and Anthoine, as well as important members from our team who we have tragically lost this year. At Mercedes, Niki left a void that we will never be able to replace – as a source of inspiration, as a voice of reason, but most importantly as a great friend. We hope we did you proud, Niki.
“The underperformance in Brazil means we head to Abu Dhabi with a point to prove. Yas Marina has been a good circuit for us in the last years and we’ll push hard to continue in the same way. The race is one last opportunity for us to add another victory to the record of the W10 and it’s one more chance to put on a great show for the fans before the winter break. We’re looking forward to the fight because we know that in Formula One, you’re only as good as your last result.
Lewis Hamilton, who locked up his sixth career drivers’ crown in Austin, Texas, can match a career-high 11 victories with a win in Abu Dhabi.
Valtteri Bottas has already secured his most successful F1 season with career bests in wins (four) and poles (five) to go with a second-place finish in the driver standings.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport have won their past five visits to the Yas Marina Circuit. Hamilton took the checkered flag in 2014, 2016 and 2018, while Bottas captured victory in 2017 and Nico Rosberg topped the field in 2015.