Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport celebrates fifth consecutive Formula One World Championship double

#HiFive: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport today celebrated, like five-time World Champions should, with special events in Brixworth and Brackley.

  • Toto, Lewis and Valtteri first visited the factory in Brixworth to celebrate the fifth consecutive Formula One World Championship with the team that designed and built this year’s Championship-winning Power Unit, the Mercedes-AMG F1 M09 EQ Power+

  • They then continued on to the factory in Brackley to celebrate with the part of the team responsible for the chassis of the Championship-winning Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+

  • At both sites, the team paid special tribute to Niki Lauda by doffing red caps

When Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport revealed their 2018 Formula One car almost ten months ago, it was dubbed “More than a Machine” – not only because it was the outcome of roughly 1,000 years of working hours, but also because the Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ captured the hopes and dreams of the entire Mercedes family. Today, that family came together to share a moment that very few people in Formula One have ever experienced: We celebrated our fifth consecutive double title after securing the FIA Formula One Constructors’ Championship on Sunday in Brazil and the Driver’s title two weeks earlier in Mexico. Led by Toto Wolff, Andy Cowell, James Allison, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, the team on both sites reflected on a hard-fought title win against worthy opponents that resonates as the most meaningful in the team’s history so far. This feeling was underlined by a special tribute to Niki Lauda when the entire team doffed red caps and quite literally took their hats off to the racing legend who could not celebrate with his team today. Both Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, 2018 FIA Formula One Constructors’ World Champion-elect, and Lewis Hamilton, 2018 FIA Formula One Drivers’ World Champion-elect, will formally be crowned with their fifth World Championships at the FIA Prize-Giving Gala in St. Petersburg, Russia, on 7 December.

Lewis Hamilton

Huge congratulations to all of you! This is the best I’ve felt coming here, that entry was the best we’ve ever had. I just want to take a moment to say thank you everyone! I’m just incredibly proud of everyone’s hard work. I know it’s been a tough year for everyone here, so thank you all – it’s been a privilege and absolutely awesome to drive this car. All the cars before have been pretty great to drive, but this has been the car that I’ve enjoyed the most in all those years. I felt like it enabled me to bring something out of myself that I knew was there, but not every year you’re able to extract it within the car – this is from all the hard work you have done. It’s great to see everyone so hyped and enthusiastic. So, let’s make sure that we enjoy this moment and embrace it. I hope everyone realises what we’ve achieved together is absolutely phenomenal. Let’s keep pushing, let’s keep raising the bar together!

Valtteri Bottas

It’s really good to be here – what a fantastic atmosphere! It’s great to see so many happy faces today, you all truly deserve this Championship. Every single member of this team has done an amazing job. One of our great advantages this year was that we were able to turn all the pressure from the competition and the tough battle with Ferrari into strengths and motivation. That has been the key to success this year, and something we need to remember for next year when the competition is most likely going to be even tougher. For me personally, this season was not what I had hoped for, but I’m really happy to be part of this Constructors’ Championship-winning team – it means a lot to me and I’m a very proud team member. Thanks a lot for all your hard work – you’ve built an awesome car that is absolutely amazing and a great enjoyment to drive.

Toto Wolff

What a great reception from the team – I have goose bumps! It was an amazing season with many ups and downs, but those downs have made us better and make it even more enjoyable to celebrate today. Who would have ever thought a few years ago to hold a celebration for the fifth consecutive Championship double? I think one of our core strengths is the great energy of this team – you can feel it when you walk in here, it’s the collective energy in Brixworth and Brackley, that makes this team truly special. We all embrace the challenge, we take our competitors seriously and we all try to continuously progress as human beings and as professionals in our jobs in order to raise the bar. This constant striving for improvement, trying to be better every single day, is exactly what makes you win Championships. Today, we’re also paying special tribute to Niki. Niki, you probably would have told us that we shouldn’t be so “damn emotional” today, but I think I speak for all of us when I say that we miss you and very much look forward to seeing you again soon.

Andy Cowell

The optional MBUX Interior Assist also allows intuitive, natural operation of different comfort and MBUX functions by movement recognition. A camera in the overhead console registers movements of the driver’s and front passenger’s hands and arms. When a hand approaches the touchscreen or the touchpad on the centre console, the media display changes and individual elements highlighted. The system is able to distinguish the driver’s hand from that of the front passenger, and therefore recognises for whose seat the massage function is to be activated, for example. In addition there are functions that can be controlled by simple hand gestures: the reading lamp can be switched on and off by extending a hand towards the rear-view mirror, for example. The driver and front passenger can each programme a personal, favourite function. General MBUX operation has been improved in numerous respects. For example, the settings menus have been newly designed and the initial setup assistant has been improved.

James Allison

As good as it felt on Sunday to seal these two Championships – and it did feel brilliant – coming back here, walking in and hearing the noise as you all erupted especially when our two drivers walked in, that was something I will never ever forget because it felt much better. To be with all of us, not just the splinter of us that is lucky enough to represent this team at the track, to share this memory with all of you is truly a magical thing. All of us know this has only been done once – once! – before, we’ve joined a very rare club, we’re only the second people to achieve five consecutive World Championships. We spent a year of really hard slog, where I stood among you a few times talking after races where we got properly beaten and where this happy, happy day would have felt quite distant – and yet this group of people, all of us, managed to keep on punching, keep on working with good humour, with good spirit and with the pressure just binding us closer and closer together. And that’s what makes a day like this just feel like your heart wants to burst and I couldn’t be happier with it. Thank you to everybody for everything you’ve done – brilliant!