Mercedes Formula 1 chief Toto Wolff paid tribute to the team members after securing its third straight constructors’ championship in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Mercedes entered the Suzuka race weekend with such a lead in the teams’ standings that Red Bull had to outscore it by 28 points to keep the title race alive for another round.
Nico Rosberg led Mercedes’ charge by taking his ninth victory of the season, and with teammate Lewis Hamilton finishing third, the German marque moved into an unassailable lead with four races to spare.
It marks Mercedes’ third constructors’ championship, all of which have come in the past three years, confirming its place among the most dominant F1 teams in the series’ history.
“It is a great honor today to represent the hundreds of people in Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart who have made us triple world champions,” Wolff said.
“The story begins on the shop floor of our team and goes all the way to the board room of Mercedes-Benz. It is a tale of passion, commitment and incredible people working beyond their limits to win. And not just doing it once, but re-motivating themselves to surpass their achievements year after year.
“This is their moment – all those heroes in the background who are the core of what makes this team so special. It is a humbling experience to walk the corridors of our factories and to see their faces every day.”
“Congrats to everyone, all my colleagues in the team for clinching third consecutive world championship,” Rosberg added on the podium.
“It’s so unbelievably deserved. Let’s celebrate hard. You’ve all been special this weekend.”
Hamilton added: “I’d like to say a huge congratulations to everyone back at the factories and the whole of Mercedes-Benz. Everyone has done a fantastic job and to have this success three years in a row is incredible.
“It’s been an awesome effort from so many people over the last three years and that is the most important thing to take from today. We couldn’t have done it without all of their support and I’m very, very proud to be a part of it.
“I’m also proud to have been part of the Mercedes-Benz journey since 2007 and then since 2013 with this team.”