The man responsible for building the mightiest team in Formula 1 team in the history of the sport, Toto Wolff savoured an “unbelievable moment” as he watched his drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finish one-two at the 2020 Emiglia Romagna Grand Prix.
With it, the German team racked up their seventh F1 constructors’ world title and break the record previously held by Ferrari of the Michael Schumacher era.
Wolff said after the race at Imola, “This is an unbelievable moment, this afternoon feels like a culmination of everything. This has been an unusual season in so many ways and it makes me very proud that we’ve been able to achieve this.
“Lots of blood, sweat and tears went into this behind closed doors, a lot of people have made great sacrifices to achieve this, so a massive thank you to everyone in the team, here at the track and back at home in Brixwoth and Brackley.
“We have an amazing group of people that keeps pushing and raising the benchmark to new levels, but what stands out the most is the comradery in this team and the right values at the core of it.
“A big thanks as well to everyone at Mercedes for the continuous support and their trust in this team – when I think of the support we have in Germany, it just puts a smile on my face.
“Thank you as well to everyone at Petronas – we could not have done this without you! Petronas played a big role in this achievement; they’ve been with us since Day 1 and we’re very proud to represent them on the track.
“I don’t know where this team will go next, but I’m excited to see what the future holds for this inspiring group of people, that is still motivated and energised and wants to set the bar even higher,” added the Mercedes team boss.
The next accolade they are sure to scoop is this year’s drivers’ title, with Hamilton taking a step closer to his own seventh F1 title which will tie Schumi’s record.
Making it seven driver titles in as many years for Merc; Nico Rosberg interrupting Hamilton’s streak with his title grab in 2016.
Senior board member and head of Mercedes research, Markus Schäfer said on the occasion, “Huge congratulations to the entire Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team!
“Setting a new world record with seven consecutive Constructors’ Championships is an amazing achievement – one that goes far beyond our boldest dreams when we embarked on this journey ten years ago.
“Thank you to every single member of the team in Brixworth and Brackley for your passion, your determination and your continuous hard work. Our Mercedes-AMG works team has truly earned its place in the history books of Formula One this year.
“They’ve built a car that is already considered to be one of the best F1 cars ever created, highlighting how we’re constantly trying to push the boundaries of innovation at Mercedes – on the track and on the road.
“A special thanks to the team at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains who have developed the best hybrid engine in motorsport, powering us to this historic success. But it’s not only the technical and sporting achievements that are remarkable.
“Our F1 team has risen to many challenges this year, showcasing the values that are at the core of this inspiring group. Great job – we’re very proud to have you in our team!”