Lewis Hamilton’s attentions have already turned to winning the drivers’ championship next year and helping Mercedes to clinch the constructors’ title.
“We’ve just finished second in the Constructors’ Championship so of course we don’t want to finish there next year, we want to make the next step,” Hamilton told Sky.
Mercedes narrowly prevailed in a season-long scrap with Ferrari and Lotus to take the runner-up shot, but were 236 points behind Red Bull.
Hamilton has not placed inside the top three in the drivers’ championship since winning the crown with McLaren in 2008. But he aims to recapture it in his second season with Mercedes.
“For everyone and for me the target is to win the world championship, both championships,” Hamilton continued. “Of course if we don’t do it naturally there’ll be some disappointment but we’re not even going to put that negative energy out there.”
His current team were the last outfit to win the world championship, as Brawn in 2009, before Red Bull began their four-streak of success.
“Red Bull have been extremely dominant in 2013, and congratulations to them,” said team principal Ross Brawn after Sunday’s race. “But our progress is the first fruits of the technical team we began building two years ago and I am optimistic that the trend of progress will continue in 2014.”