Wolff: Unfinished Business For Mercedes

Annette Crawford
November 7, 2018

Only Ferrari has enjoyed such a previous run, with six in succession between 1999 and 2004, and Sebastian Vettel and teammate Kimi Raikkonen are the only ones who can delay the seemingly inevitable.

Wolff expects Hamilton, who extended his deal with Mercedes to the end of 2020 this year, to remain with the manufacturer for the long term.

Despite that, Mercedes is sticking to its time-worn mantra of taking one race at a time and nothing for granted, even if nobody will be surprised to see celebratory T-shirts appear Sunday.

The Mexican Grand Prix saw Lewis Hamilton clinch the 2018 World Drivers' Championship but for team boss Toto Wolff, it is a case of a job half done, as Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport gun to add the Constructors' Championship to their résumé.

Wolff stressed that the team now had to focus on securing the constructors' title, having lost ground to Ferrari in Mexico. The German driver won seven Formula One championships, a feat that no one has matched yet.

Speculation mounted following Hamilton's latest championship win that he could be tempted by a move to the Scuderia in the future, and his latest comments show he does not want to completely dismiss the idea. "He has become more active in the past years".


With his fourth place finish in the 71-lap race around the 17-turn, 2.674-mile (4.304-kilometer) Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico, the 33-year-old Briton did just that.

"I'm very, very fortunate to be up here now, obviously with more than most people have, and I don't take that for granted".

Vettel won previous year, after Bottas took pole, and the championship runner-up has the best record of anyone on the current grid with three past wins in Brazil.

"I welcome the competition", he said.

"As long as we provide a auto that is competitive and can win championships and he continues to drive like he does, this can be a relationship forever".

All teams will approach Interlagos with some trepidation after Mercedes mechanics and others were targeted by armed robbers outside the circuit last time, with tighter security measures promised. There was some debate about whether or not this record will be shattered, but as the day goes by, Hamilton's chances are getting a lot bigger.

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