Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, previews the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
“To score a 1-2 finish in Brazil was an incredible result for the team, but it’s been made more special by the challenges we have faced this season and how we have overcome them.
“Securing our first victory of the season is the result of so much hard work, dedication and determination from everyone involved. Our team never stopped believing and never stopped pushing. I couldn’t be prouder of them, and it shows just how strong our values are.
“George was on it all weekend. Faultless on Sunday, he couldn’t be more deserving of his first F1 victory and we are so pleased for him. It’s a very special moment in his F1 career and a race we’ll all remember for many years to come.
“Lewis put in a brilliant recovery drive. His race pace was impressive, and he put in some incredible overtakes, to fight back through the field and secure the 1-2 finish for the team.
“We don’t expect to be as competitive in Abu Dhabi due to the circuit’s characteristics but given the surprises we’ve had this year with W13, we’ll just have to wait and see. We still have an outside chance of P2 in the championship – and the points gap to Ferrari is the smallest it has been all year. Hopefully we’ll keep this positive momentum going to end the year strong.”