[F1 2019 VIDEO FEATURE] MERCEDES-AMG: SIXTH CROWN

Mercedes left Japan assured of its place in the sport’s history books, with Valtteri Bottas’ stunning win and Lewis Hamilton’s third place and bonus point for fastest lap enough to secure the 2019 constructors’ title… 

…and guaranteeing a Silver Arrows racer will clinch the drivers’ crown for an unprecedented, untouchable, sixth-consecutive championship double…more than Ferrari’s dream team in the early 2000s.

And it was a special moment for those at the team like Andrew Shovlin, Mercedes’ trackside engineering director, who’s been at the squad since its BAR days in 1999.

SOUNDBITE (English) ANDREW SHOVLIN,
TRACKSIDE ENGINEERING DIRECTOR, MERCEDES:
“There’s an enormous amount of work has gone into that over the years. Obviously initially we were just trying to win one [F1 World] championship, then it was two, then it was the triple. Then winning across the rule change, but to actually break that record that stood with Ferrari was really quite a special moment.”

But despite all silverware now guaranteed, the squad isn’t relaxing with Ferrari, and at certain circuits, Red Bull on its tail. 2020 another chance to rewrite history with stable regulations.

SOUNDBITE (English) ANDREW SHOVLIN,
TRACKSIDE ENGINEERING DIRECTOR, MERCEDES:
“So it isn’t a difficulty really motivating yourself. It’s just hard work and we know our competitors are working very hard and we’re just trying to keep that level up. As a team we know that we can always improve. We know that we can improve on what we did in Suzuka - and it’s really that that’s actually spurring us on every race, and every year.”

Heading to Mexico, Hamilton has a chance to win the title… but with Red Bull likely competitive there, he has to outscore Bottas by 14 points. Or it goes onto the United States.

If Hamilton wins in Mexico and claims the bonus point for the fastest lap, Bottas must finish third or higher. If the Brit comes second, Bottas needs only seventh or higher.

All of which ensures a thrilling end to the 2019 season, as the title battle reaches its climax. Hamilton a likely six-time F1 World Champion, but it’s not over until it’s over with four races to go.