Wolff ecstatic as Mercedes retain title


Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was full of praise for the whole Silver Arrows team after they clinched a fourth consecutive World Constructors' Championship in Austin.

Mercedes needed either of their drivers to win the United States Grand Prix to be sure of the first piece of silverware this season and Lewis Hamilton duly obliged with his fifth win in six races.

"I'm so happy," Wolff told Sky F1. "The gang in Brackley and Brixworth have done a fantastic job, 24/7 and so much sacrifice. I'm so happy.

"It's just a new reality. We had a few good years with a power unit advantage and now everybody has closed up. You can see that Red Bull is very much there at the end.

"This is the new reality and how it will go for the rest and probably next season.

"Lewis is really on top of his game at the moment. Since the summer he has made no mistakes, been quick on the Saturdays and today his tyre management was great.

"But it's been the whole group that has made the car quick, made it reliable and Lewis has been perfect in the execution.

Wolff then highlighted the key personnel behind Mercedes' continued dominance and reserved special prasie for ex-Ferrari man James Allison who joined the team this season.

He added: "So many people have contributed, Paddy in the past and Ross before as technical directors.

"James Allison is like my total opposite twin brother. He is so different, comes from the different spectrum. but we have the same thinking and values and is just fantastic to work with.

"It's normal development that people will poach from the good teams.

"But we enjoy coming to work and this is what we do, we stick to our values and have clear objectives, a passion for what we do and accountability. It all comes to gether and what makes this place so special at the moment.