Mercedes 'determined' to cap year with win
22 November 2017 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the manufacturer is "determined" to sign off from its title-winning campaign with victory in Abu Dhabi, as it attempts to avoid a third straight defeat.
Mercedes has not been beaten in three successive races since the introduction of power units in 2014, but missed out in Mexico and Brazil to Red Bull and Ferrari respectively.
Wolff says Mercedes is eager to finish the campaign with victory, at a venue where it has not been beaten since 2013.
"Regardless of what stands in the trophy cabinets back at base, our focus is always on the next race and the next championship," said Wolff.
"Our goal in Abu Dhabi is quite simple: to give the best of ourselves, to extract the maximum from our 'diva' in her final race – and to win.
"We saw promising pace in both Mexico and Brazil, both circuits where we had expected to struggle more than we did.
"This is a positive sign of the progress we have made in understanding our difficulties this year.
"But we have not been on the top step of the podium since Austin and we are determined to change that in Abu Dhabi."
Wolff is also confident that recent lessons learned will aid it in extracting the maximum from its W08 at the Yas Marina Circuit this weekend.
"The circuit offers a range of slow to medium speed corners that perhaps are not our car's most natural habitat," Wolff said.
"But our recent steps forward give us confidence that we can perform strongly there.
"Valtteri [Bottas] is on an upward swing of form, with two podiums in the past two races; and Lewis [Hamilton] will be aiming to finish this historic season on a high. This is a goal that we all share."