SUZUKA, Japan (Reuters) – Formula One champions Mercedes are wondering how far they can go after securing an unprecedented sixth successive title double in Japan on Sunday.
The Silver Arrows wrapped up the constructors’ crown with four races to spare at Suzuka, with only Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas now left in the running for the other championship.
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Hamilton is 64 points ahead of the Finn, Sunday’s winner, and firmly on course to secure his sixth title with only Michael Schumacher — on seven — ahead of the Briton in the sport’s all-time record books.
“Every year we are trying to set objectives that motivate us,” Mercedes F1 principal Toto Wolff told reporters as the team celebrated.
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“So we have beaten the Ferrari record now and we’ve got to reinvent ourselves for next year.”
Ferrari won six successive constructors’ titles between 1999 and 2004, with Schumacher taking five drivers’ crowns in a row from 2000-04.
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Hamilton has already claimed several of Schumacher’s records but the two big ones — the most titles and races won — are still to be matched.
The 34-year-old is on 82 wins, nine short of Schumacher’s 91, with that also looking a realistic target for 2020 given that Hamilton is averaging 10 wins a season over the past six campaigns.
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Mercedes are still far off Ferrari’s record 16 constructors’ championships and 15 drivers’ titles but making it six on Sunday was massive for a team who have tried to portray themselves as underdogs against a faster Ferrari this season.
“The pressure is enormous,” said Wolff. “The truth is you are setting your own bar very high, and your...
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