Mercedes tar­get con­struc­tors crown

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

MERCEDES are ready for the next cel­e­bra­tions after Lewis Hamil­ton clinched his fifth For­mula One ti­tle in Mex­ico. The team is now look­ing to crown that feat with the con­struc­tors’ ti­tle at Sun­day’s Brazil­ian Grand Prix in what would be its fifth con­sec­u­tive dou­ble of driv­ers’ and con­struc­tors’ wins. “We’ve lost points to Fer­rari in the con­struc­tors’ battle at the last two rounds, but while we know there’s a tough fight ahead, we’re fully fo­cused on se­cur­ing the dou­ble and end­ing the year in style,” Mercedes mo­tor­sport chief Toto Wolff said. “Our tar­get for this sea­son was to win both cham­pi­onships, not one ti­tle or the other, so our mind­set is one of un­fin­ished busi­ness as we head to Sao Paulo.” Mercedes will seal the con­struc­tors’ ti­tle if Fer­rari do not outscore them by more than 12 points at In­ter­la­gos on Sun­day in the sea­son’s penul­ti­mate race. Al­though Hamil­ton has the driv­ers’ ti­tle wrapped up, Mercedes bat­tled with tyre prob­lems in both the last two grands prix in the US and Mex­ico, which were won by Fer­rari’s Kimi Raikko­nen and Red Bull’s Max Ver­stap­pen. Hamil­ton fin­ished fifth in Mex­ico in what Wolff de­scribed as “a bit­ter­sweet week­end.” Mercedes “can­not be sat­is­fied” with the race per­for­mance in Mex­ico, he said. “Qual­i­fy­ing looked promis­ing but just a few laps into the race, we knew that we’d run into big is­sues with the tyres,” Wolff said. “We started to an­a­lyse those prob­lems im­me­di­ately after the race and have made progress with un­der­stand­ing the chal­lenges we faced and why.

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