As the season reaches it’s finale, Mercedes technical boss Paddy Lowe explained that although both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are in a Championship fight, the team garage will make sure things are kept clean.
Rosberg currently leads Hamilton by twelve-points on the Championship table. With the odds favouring the German, Hamilton will have his work cut out for him if he is to claim his fourth World Title.
Lowe, though, insists that the Silver Arrow garage will make sure they are managing the situation to the best of their ability.
“This is the first time we’ve had a 21st race in any Formula One season and it’s fitting that such a record-breaking year should conclude with the Drivers’ Championship being fought right to the very end. It’s great for fans of the sport,” Lowe said.
“Of course, it also means significant tension within our particular camp – but the team has shown itself highly adept at managing this type of situation over the past few years.
“We will approach this weekend as we would any other, with the primary objective of ensuring that the title is decided on track in a fair fight.”
While Mercedes have suffered a couple of mechanical issues throughout the season, the tech boss is confident that those problems are behind them and is looking forward to finishing off the season in style.
“While there have been occasional issues over the course of the year, 2016 has actually seen the strongest reliability record in the history of this team – both technically and operationally – giving us good faith in the underlying progress that we’ve made,” he explained.
“The drivers too are in great shape, so we’re looking forward to a close and hard-fought competition. Pirelli have included the UltraSoft compound tyre for this weekend, so we could well see Qualifying times faster than ever before at this circuit.
“All in all, we’re hoping for a spectacular finale under the magical setting of those Marina lights, giving everyone something to remember as we cap off an incredible year. ”