LONDON (Reuters) – Everyone loves an underdog but Mercedes believe Formula One fans will still have plenty to cheer about next season even if the reigning champions dominate for a record-chasing sixth successive year.
Mercedes have won both titles ever since the V6 turbo hybrid era started in 2014, with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton now a five times champion.
Hamilton - Races - Period - Mercedes - Ferrari
Hamilton has won 51 of the 100 races over that period, and only Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull drivers have stood on top of the podium.
“I think it is in the nature of the fan that you cheer for the underdog,” team boss and Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff told Reuters in a recent interview. “Serial winners lose a little bit of appeal.
Sport - Participation - Modesty - Humility - Anything
“What we are trying to do is to approach our sport and our participation with modesty and humility, not take anything for granted…we should never ever have a feeling of entitlement of winning.
“You can, to a certain degree, if you stay true to these values continue to grow your fan following and continue to have the fans cheering for you although you have won a few times in a row,” added the Austrian.
Year - Mercedes - Underdogs - Ferrari - Part
Last year, in which Mercedes presented themselves as underdogs to Ferrari for the first part of the F1 season, proved the best yet for the German manufacturer across the various motorsport series.
They won the German Touring Car (DTM) championship and Formula Two with protege George Russell, while...
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