Todt: People don’t realise Mercedes’ achievements

Date published: January 5 2020

Jean Todt believes people don't full understand the magnitude of Mercedes' achievements in the turbo-hybrid era.

FIA president Jean Todt believes people don’t truly comprehend how impressive Mercedes’ achievements are in the turbo-hybrid era.

Until 2019 it was Ferrari who boasted the most dominant streak in F1 history, taking five Drivers’ and six Constructors’ titles between 1999-2004, but it would be Mercedes who set a new outright record last year when they collected their sixth consecutive Drivers’ and Constructors’ title-double.

And Todt, who was general manager of the Ferrari team during their dominant run, believes people don’t truly understand how impressive Mercedes’ achievements are.

“It’s amazing, I don’t think people realise how difficult it is to achieve that,” he told RACER.com.

“For me, I have been thinking very often, it’s like an athlete having to (lift) 200kg (441 lbs) up and keep it up, and normally it comes down.

“I have full respect and it reminds me of some memories, even if I must admit that they did better — 6 and 6, we did 6 and 5 — and with a strong competition. I would say speechless and it’s up to the others to (end the run).

“I feel that (last year’s) championship was very difficult for them, much more than it may look, but simply it’s a combination — you must have a great driver, a great car and a great team, because it’s so competitive. If you don’t have those three together it cannot work.

“To do that six years in a row is remarkable, particularly when you have other teams like Ferrari, Red Bull — now with Honda — and great drivers.”

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