After a lesser period, in which Red Bull seemed to be the fastest party, Mercedes has had a good taste in recent weeks. Since the summer break, the Mercedes team seems to be the party to beat and the last two races they eventually managed to convert it into two victories. It provides a motivation boost for everyone in the team.
“It was encouraging to see that we were able to maintain our momentum in Turkey,” said team boss Toto Wolff. “We hadn’t won two races in a row in a long time, so the mood in the factory is very good.”
The fact that it was Valtteri Bottas who won the previous race also suits Mercedes well in view of the season finale. “In Istanbul, Valtteri dominated and won his first race of the year. A flawless performance from him and he controlled the race from start to finish. It’s a brilliant boost for him as he heads into the final races of the year, where he can help extend the lead over Red Bull.”
Hamilton had a good race in Russia, but in Turkey he couldn’t get past P5 due to a grid penalty. As a result, he lost a net point to his Dutch rival, who finished second behind the Mercedes man in Russia. Still, Wolff is satisfied with that. “For Lewis, the conclusion was that he lost a point to Verstappen in Russia and Turkey, while both drivers made an engine change. However, we can live with that. You always want to win more positions and score more points – there are we racers for — and we wouldn’t want to see that competitive spirit any other way.”
Mercedes will have to get back to work next weekend. They take all scenarios into account, because anything can happen this year. “This season has had many twists and turns, so we are ready to respond to what’s coming our way this weekend. We’re happy to be back in Austin, it’s a popular stop on the calendar and we can’t waiting to see all the passionate American fans. It’s a fun and flowing track, with a few technical parts and good overtaking opportunities. It has a bit of everything and it’s a great track to race on. I’m confident we’ll have a great race,” said Wolff.