Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has spoken of his pride after the team secured its 11th one-two finish to the 2014 Formula 1 season today in Brazil, breaking the previous record set by McLaren in 1988.
Nico Rosberg won his first race in fourth months today at Interlagos, cutting the gap to teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton to 17 points at the top of the drivers’ standings and giving himself a fighting chance of winning the title in Abu Dhabi in two weeks’ time.
With 11 one-two finishes in 2014 – five coming in the last six races – Mercedes has broken the previous record of ten, set by McLaren’s Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in the infamous 1988 season that saw the British team win all but one race.
“I’m so proud of the team and what we have achieved today,” Wolff said after the race. “What you see at the track on a race weekend is just the tip of the iceberg and there are so many hard-working, intelligent, good people who contributed to the success of the car and of this season.
“If I could, I would want to mention the names of everybody. Although you see a couple of public faces, the results are only possible because the team is strong and sticks together.
“Numbers like 11 one-two finishes, 15 wins and 30 podiums in a season make me incredibly proud of my colleagues and humble at what we have achieved together. Today’s race was a pure battle between Nico and Lewis, with no quarter asked or given.
“It was a fantastic performance from both of them and sets up the prospect of a thrilling finale in Abu Dhabi. No matter which way that race goes, either driver would be a very worthy world champion at the end of a fantastic season.”
Today’s result also saw Mercedes break Red Bull’s record for the most number of points in a single season by a team, moving onto 651 with one race remaining. In 2011, Red Bull scored 650 points as Sebastian Vettel won the second of his four world titles.