Nico Rosberg believes that there is no limit to what Mercedes can achieve after wrapping up its second consecutive Formula 1 constructors’ championship in Russia last weekend.
Following the change in F1 engine formula in 2014, Mercedes has enjoyed a dominance rarely seen in the sport, winning 28 of the 34 races in the new era and starting on pole position at 32.
Victory for Lewis Hamilton in Sochi saw Mercedes outscore rivals Ferrari by the three points required to wrap up its second constructors’ title with four rounds in 2015 to spare.
Rosberg’s retirement from the race all but ended his faint drivers’ championship hopes, but the German said that returning to the team’s factory in England and taking part in the celebrations gave him a massive boost.
“It’s been a tough couple of days for me, but being back at the factories and seeing all my colleagues so happy after the championship win really puts a smile back on my face,” Rosberg said.
“I’ve seen this team grow since the start of the Silver Arrows project in 2010 and the level we’ve got to now, all working together, is unbelievable. There were some really tough years at the start but we are now the big team of Formula 1 – dominating the sport and breaking records along the way.
“When people think of F1 throughout history, it’s only a handful of teams like McLaren in the 80s, Williams in the 90s and Ferrari in the 2000s that come to mind – and we are now making our own mark on that list.
“It’s a very special feeling to be a part of that and everyone at the factories in Brackley and Brixworth should be extremely proud of themselves – from the guys and girls on the machines to our leaders who have been spectacular.”
Despite seeing Ferrari pose more of a challenge to Mercedes in 2015 and close the gap in recent weeks, Rosberg is sure that the team can sustain this success in years to come.
“What’s amazing is that there’s so much potential here too,” Rosberg said. “Together, there’s no limit to what we can achieve in the coming years.
“So, once again, a big thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to get us where we are today. I look forward to many more great memories and exciting times ahead.”