Mercedes-AMG Petronas have made another piece of FORMULA 1 history, winning an astonishing seventh consecutive Constructor’s World Championship, with a 1-2 finish at Imola giving the team an unassailable lead over Red Bull Racing.
The result also marks the 100th victory for Toto Wolff as Team Principal of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team.
Lewis Hamilton Toasts Unsung Heroes
Lewis Hamilton has been behind the wheel for all seven Mercedes-AMG Petronas Constructor’s Championships, and took the historic moment to toast those in the Brixwoth and Brackely factories.
‘It’s very overwhelming right now. I look at this team and think of everyone back at Brackley and Brixworth, they are the unsung heroes. They are the ones grafting away, never giving up, continuing to push, elevate and innovate. A big congratulations to the team on a hugely deserved Constructors’ title.
‘I’m forever grateful to everyone and so, so proud to be a part of it. To come back year on year and deliver such great performance is absolutely unbelievable.
‘7-time champions – that’s something I’m going to be able to tell my grandchildren one day. No team has ever achieved this and I feel honoured to be a part of breaking this record.
‘A big, big thank you to the entire Mercedes family, to PETRONAS and all of our partners, because we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them.
‘The race itself was an exhausting one, particularly with the speeds that we are experiencing around this track. I had a tricky start but extended the stint and managed to fight back to the front. It feels fantastic to clinch the title today at Imola in style with a 1-2.’
Tough Race For Valtteri Bottas
Pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas got away fast, but debris stuck to the floor of his Mercedes comprimised his race, and in the end, the Finn had to settle for second place on the podium.
‘A massive congratulations to the team on winning the Constructors’ Championship!
‘I’m really proud to be a part of this team and thankful for everyone’s hard work and dedication. It’s well deserved and I’m really happy for everyone at the track, Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart.
‘This team keeps pushing and raising the bar and it’s inspiring to work with such a dedicated and driven group.
‘Obviously, it was a tough race for me today. The start was really good but then on lap two, out of Turn 7, there was some debris on the track.
‘I didn’t have time to avoid it, so I aimed for the middle of the car, trying not to run over the debris with the tyres. But it caused some damage and got stuck on the car somehow, which made the car really tricky to drive and also cost a chunk of performance.
‘I was trying as hard as I could to keep Max behind me and had to push over my limits, which led to some mistakes.
‘It was a bit of an unlucky day for me after such a promising start, but it’s still good to pick up another podium and play my part in the Constructors’ title win.’
Seventh Constructor’s Title Not Yet Sunk In For Andrew Shovlin
For the architect of this seventh Constructor’s Championship, the history-making day hasn’t yet sunk in for Andrew Shovlin, who was deep in concentration until both cars crossed the finish line.
‘Well done to the whole team, everyone in Brackley and Brixworth on the 7th double, it’s just amazing and so nice to do it with a 1-2 finish although it’s not sunk it yet.
‘The race wasn’t easy, Valtteri picked up someone’s barge board on lap two which got jammed in our bargeboard area and was pretty disastrous for the aerodynamic performance.
‘His pace was impressive considering and he was managing the stint well but he couldn’t pull away from Max by more than just enough to just protect the undercut.
‘When Max stopped we had to cover with Valtteri and had a go at pulling the part out but we couldn’t afford to slow the stop down and had to send the car with it still jammed in there.
‘Lewis stayed out and was doing a good job on the older tyres, working his way through backmarkers and trying to get the pit window to Max and Valtteri.
‘We then had the VSC which worked in Lewis’s favour and he was able to stop comfortably into the lead.
‘Valtteri had his work cut out trying to defend against Max but on the Hard tyre it was tricky and eventually he lost the position.
‘Later in the stint, we were monitoring a bit of vibration on Lewis’s tyres when Max had his puncture 12 laps from the end; given that we had free stops we were going to come in on a safety car.
‘The timing was not great for Lewis, he’d just passed the pit entry when it was called so he was stuck behind it for the lap. With Valtteri we got him in and finally managed to remove the competitor’s part that had been holding him back all race.
‘We made the call to stop Lewis anyway, even though it risked the win we were concerned the vibrations would grow and amazingly he just managed to hold onto the lead.
‘From there it was just a case of counting the laps to the finish but it was great to get both over the line and secure both championships for Mercedes with a first and second.’