Date published: November 21 2018
Mercedes head to Abu Dhabi for the season finale vowing to “go for broke” given that both championships are already in the bag.
While Lewis Hamilton wrapped up the Drivers’ title in Mexico, Mercedes made it five doubles on the trot when, one race later, they secured the Constructors’ crown in Brazil.
The team, though, has no plans to lift their foot off the gas as they head to the Yas Marina circuit for the final round of the 2018 season.
“The celebrations in Brixworth and Brackley last week were a very humbling experience,” said motorsport boss Toto Wolff.
“Claiming the fifth consecutive double Championship – an experience that only very few people in the sport have had before – felt amazing and we all cherished that moment.
“At the same time, everyone is extremely keen to continue to raise the bar together and be even stronger in 2019.
“For now, we have one race to go in 2018 and we want to put on a great show for the fans who supported us through the season, be it at the track, in front of their TV or on social media.
“The Championship pressure is off, so we can look at this as one race where we can really go for broke.”
The Yas Marina circuit has been a happy hunting ground for Mercedes in recent years with four wins in succession including two for Hamilton and one for Valtteri Bottas.
This year, a year of fives for Mercedes, Wolff is keen to add a fifth to their tally.
“Our Silver Arrow has won 10 races so far this season and we all want to add one more to that score – especially Valtteri, who has lost out on wins this season through bad luck and team orders,” he added.
“We know, too, that it will be a tough battle because both Red Bull and Ferrari will have the same target of taking good momentum into the winter.
“We have taken four wins in a row at Yas Marina, although it’s a track with a lot of slow and medium speed corners.
“We’ve made some good steps forward when it comes to our car’s performance on similar tracks, so we’re confident that we can perform strongly in Abu Dhabi as well, and end this incredible 2018 season on a high.”