Wolff: Mercedes to 'keep foot on the gas'

Wolff: Mercedes to 'keep foot on the gas'

23 October 2017 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team will "keep our foot on the gas" after completing "half of the job" by clinching the Constructors' title at the United States Grand Prix.

Ferrari needed to out-score Mercedes by 17 points at the Circuit of the Americas to keep its slim title hopes alive, but left with an insurmountable 147-point deficit.

Lewis Hamilton converted pole position into a fifth win from six races at the venue, recovering the lead after initially falling behind Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel.

Valtteri Bottas, meanwhile, held second for the majority of the race, but was overhauled by Vettel, Kimi Räikkönen and Max Verstappen, amid high tyre degradation.

Wolff praised his team's efforts for winning a fourth successive title, under new regulations, though stressed that there will be no let up over the final three races.

"The first words today go to our team – in the factories in Brackley and Brixworth, as well as the fantastic support we receive from Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart," said Wolff.

"I am so proud of what has been achieved.

"Winning across a rule change, something has never been done before in the sport, and doing it because every team member has dug deeper to find performance, been even more diligent on reliability and this has come together in the most special way.

"We had the quickest car out there in the race – Lewis did a faultless job, picking off Sebastian and then managing his one-stop strategy to perfection.

"Valtteri had a tougher time: running in dirty air meant he couldn't convert his good pace into what would have been a deserved podium finish.

"Overall, we must be satisfied that we have got half of the job done; one title down and one more still to win.

"Our target must to be to keep our foot on the gas and win each of the next three races."

Hamilton, now 66 points clear of Vettel in the championship standings, will secure a fourth world title if he finishes fifth at the Mexican Grand Prix.

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