Mercedes vow to end the season ‘in style’

Michelle Foster
Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

The last team left standing in the Drivers’ Championship, Toto Wolff says Mercedes owes it to its drivers and their fans to end the year in style.

Mercedes head to Turkey for round 14 of this year’s 17-race season having won 11 of the previous 13 races, nine of those victories going to Lewis Hamilton.

While Mercedes has already wrapped up an unprecedented seventh Constructors’ title, the Briton is on course to claim his seventh Drivers’ crown having won five titles in the last six seasons with the Brackley team.

Hamilton sits on 282 points, 85 ahead of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas on the log.

Wolff is hoping Mercedes’ dominant form can continue in the final four races of the championship.

“Seven consecutive Constructors’ Championships is something that we can be proud of,” said the Mercedes motorsport boss.

“An achievement that is unprecedented in Formula One and in the wider sports world.

“We made sure everyone was able to take a moment last week to commemorate the result safely, whether from home or at the factory, and reflect on this remarkable achievement.

“The result in Imola also means that only Lewis and Valtteri are still in contention for the Drivers’ Championship.

“We owe it to both of our drivers to provide them with the best machines and to our fans to finish the season in style, so we will keep pushing in these remaining four races and give it our best.”

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It has been nine years since Formula 1 last visited the Istanbul Park in Turkey, that race won by Sebastian Vettel in a Red Bull.

In that 2011 race, a year before Wolff joined the Mercedes team, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was P5 on the day with his team-mate Michael Schumacher finishing in 12th place.

“F1 returns to Turkey for the first time in nine years, which means we will once again face a number of unknowns about the track going into the weekend,” Wolff said.

“We’ve shown in Imola and Portimão that we can learn and adapt quickly, which is important in a season where we race at so many venues we usually don’t visit.

“The track in Istanbul has some challenging sequences and great corners, such as the famous Turn 8, and I’m excited to see how the 2020 cars will perform there.”

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