Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reckons the World Championship with Ferrari is “far from over” heading into Mexico.
Ferrari rediscovered their pace in Austin, Texas after stripping off four months’ worth of upgrades before the United States Grand Prix.
But, it all appears to be a case of ‘too little, too late’ for the Scuderia, with Lewis Hamilton needing to finish P7 or higher, regardless of Sebastian Vettel’s result, to clinch a fifth World Championship.
Mercedes are top of the Constructors’ Championship by 66 points with three races left in the 2018 season, but Wolff is still not taking anything for granted.
“The United States Grand Prix confirmed what we said before the race: This year’s championship fight is far from over,” Wolff said.
“While Lewis was able to extend his lead over Sebastian Vettel in Austin, we lost points to Ferrari in the constructors’ championship.
“We have a battle on our hands and we will have to keep pushing to win both titles.
“We cannot be happy with the result in Texas, but it provides us with an opportunity to learn and come back stronger.”
He added: “The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is an outlier given its high altitude and the demands this puts on the cars and power units.
“It has been one of the weaker tracks for us in previous years and we expect a hard fight with Ferrari and Red Bull.
“We know that it is not going to be an easy race, but everyone in the team is focused, motivated and determined to keep the pressure on until the checkered flag in Abu Dhabi.”
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