‘We’ve got a real fight on our hands’ – Mercedes

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Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff says the team have a “real fight” to secure the lucrative runner-up spot in the constructors’ championship.

With Red Bull poised to win the title for the fourth year running, Mercedes are embroiled in a battle with Ferrari and Lotus to claim second place.

There’s been ten points or less between Mercedes and Ferrari for the last four races. But Lotus are creeping up on both of them, and now all three are covered by a margin of 33 with up to 172 up for grabs before the end of the year.

“The last three races have shown us that we have a real fight on our hands to secure second place in the constructors’ championship,” Wolff acknowledged, “”but also that we have the performance to achieve our goal if we consistently deliver the full potential of the car”.

Although Mercedes appear to have lost the competitive edge which saw them take pole position for eight out of nine races at one point earlier this year, Wolff believes they are in good shape for the run-in to the end of the season.

“We have no reason to fear any of the upcoming circuits, as we have been strong on all types of track so far this season,” he said.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup

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