The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team ended their season in style with Nico Rosberg completing a hat-trick of wins, Mexico, Brazil and today in Abu Dhabi with world champion Lewis Hamilton coming home in second place.
The result capped a remarkable season for the Brackley based outfit who, for the second season in a row completely dominated Formula One. Hamilton and Rosberg between them won 16 of 19 Grand Prix this year ending the year 1-2 in the championship and giving Mercedes their second consecutive Constructors championship.
The team made history by scoring the highest number of points in a season however this is not good news for Toto Wolff or Mercedes management as the more points scored in a season the higher the entry fee will be for next year. Speaking about his win.
Nico Rosberg commented on his victory by saying:
This is the perfect ending to the season for me – something I hoped for so much after a tough year. To finish with six poles and three wins in a row is awesome. I am so happy that I found some performance at the end of the season. I also made my peace with this track after the toughest moment of my career here last year, which is a nice feeling. Today was really a perfect race. The start, the pit stops and the tyre management were all really good and I felt like I had it all under control. Thanks so much to my team for this amazing Silver Arrow – everyone at the factories and the track has done such an incredible job all year. I would love to start the 2016 season tomorrow – but I know that´s not possible. It’s strange, I’m enjoying the moment so much – but I’m thinking already very much of next year what I could change and where I can improve. We will all now have a well-deserved break with our families and I look forward to spending some more time with my wife and my little daughter.
Lewis Hamilton commented on the race by saying:
That was a very difficult race. My tyres were done at the end of the first stint sitting behind Nico. The second stint was very good – but I don’t really know what happened strategy-wise at the end. I haven’t finished the season as strongly as I started it – but what an incredible year it’s been. This team has done a remarkable job, so a big thank you to everyone back at the factories. I wouldn’t be standing here as World Champion without them. I’ll go away now for the winter aiming to come back stronger, fitter and straight on top of our new car for 2016.
The Brackley based outfit made history on Sunday as they claimed their 12th 1-2 finish of the season breaking the record that they set last season. Speaking following the race, Head of Mercedes Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff commented by saying:
A really great race for the team today, after so many great races this season. It was a busy evening both on the track and on the pit wall, with a lot of talk on the radio. We had a bit of a worry on Nico’s engine with the high mileage. Then, with Lewis, we wanted to leave strategy open to do something different with the offset and give him the best chance of the win. But in the end, Nico was extremely strong through the whole race and deserved the win; it was an accomplished performance. I am very pleased with the season. We’ve achieved some amazing records this year with the number of pole positions, front row lockouts, race wins and one-two finishes. But that’s not what’s most important. The most important thing is the spirit in the team, which has been fantastic. It’s a pleasure to work with these guys and girls and I know they’re all as determined as I am to carry this form into next year. Ferrari made a huge step forwards last winter and their development curve has been quite amazing. We need to be prepared for the same this year also and make sure we progress even further. When you start to think this is an easy ride you will lose.
Mercedes Executive Director (Technical) Paddy Lowe commented on the race and the team’s season by saying:
A great way to end the season, with a tense battle between Nico and Lewis running two different strategies under the Yas Marina floodlights. Each driver was stronger at different points in the race, which was fascinating to watch. Ferrari also kept us honest, with Kimi showing good pace, so we also had to mindful of that threat. Overall, though, Nico proved to have stronger pace overall and controlled the race to round off the season with a thoroughly well-deserved win. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank both drivers for doing a fantastic job over the course of the season. Their ability to manage the car when required and not make mistakes has been as impressive as their phenomenal pace every weekend – and a key element in securing the success we’ve enjoyed this season. A big thank you also to everybody who has contributed to designing, building and running this car so flawlessly this season.