Brawn tips Mercedes 'steamroller' to continue
7 December 2017 – Formula 1's sporting chief, Ross Brawn, reckons the Mercedes "steamroller" effect will continue in 2018, amid relatively stable regulations.
Mercedes has enjoyed four successive double title-winning seasons, and won 63 out of 79 races, since the introduction of 1.6-litre V6 turbo power units in 2014.
New aerodynamic regulations for 2017 brought Ferrari into play, but Mercedes got on top of its 'diva' W08 to pull clear in both championship battles.
It also dealt with the exit of World Champion Nico Rosberg and a major management change, with Paddy Lowe leaving for Williams and James Allison arriving from Ferrari.
Brawn, who laid the groundwork for Mercedes' success as its team boss from 2010 to 2013, reckons the Silver Arrows could pull away from the field again in 2018.
"They've got a great group of people, [and] my slight worry is that they will get even stronger now," Brawn told ESPN, when asked about Mercedes' season.
"They've had a change of senior management – Paddy Lowe left and James Allison came – and they had that in the middle of a car [regulation] change, which is not easy.
"I think by their own admission, the car they had this year was a bit of a diva, and I strongly suspect that's not going to be the case next year.
"I just see – unfortunately in many ways – a continuation of the steamroller, but let's hope I'm wrong!"
McLaren (1988 to 1991) and Red Bull (2010 to 2013) have also claimed both titles for four straight seasons, but Ferrari (2000 to 2004) is the only team to do it five times in a row.