Mercedes’ Toto Wolff: “May the best man win”


Mercedes Pit Wall - Credit: Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Toto Wolff is expecting an exciting battle for the championship between his drivers in Abu Dhabi, with just twelve points separating Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

The Head of Mercedes Benz Motorsport admitted it was great to finish 1-2 in the tricky Brazilian Grand Prix, which lays the foundations for the final race of the year at the Yas Marina Circuit.

“Last weekend we saw yet another classic Interlagos race,” said Wolff. “To come away from all the drama of the crazy weather, the re-starts and the extreme track conditions with a 1-2 finish was a special result.

“Of course, the bigger picture is an exciting finale in Abu Dhabi. To have the title decided between our two drivers at the final race of the season, for the second time in three years, shows just how closely matched they are. It also shows how much this team has achieved. We can be very proud of that.”

Wolff insists the whole Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team need to focus on giving both Rosberg and Hamilton the best possible chance of taking the title on Sunday, and insists that which ever driver takes the crown will have earned it.

“As a group, we now have one very important final duty this season – to give Nico and Lewis the platform they need to battle it out to the flag,” said Wolff.

“Both of them have been exceptional and either one would make a worthy Champion. It’s been a gruelling year for us all, with a record-breaking calendar and the added challenge of a new regulation set to prepare for in 2017.

“After such a battle of endurance, the winner can say without doubt that they earned it. We are all excited to see who that will be. May the best man win.”