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GP Week : Issue 212
F1 >>> nEWs MERCEDES CLINChES MANUFACTURERS' sunday was a huge day for Mercedes. It was the day that all the effort put into the 2014 new-world F1 car and engine paid off, with Mercedes cementing the Constructors Championship. In some ways a shame, then, that the events of the previous weekend cast a strong shadow over the day. In the record books, however, Mercedes' 2014 achievement will rank alongside that of McLaren back in 1991, Ferrari in the 2000s and, more recently, Red Bull. Team boss Toto Wolf summed up the team perspective: "This is a great moment for our team but, first of all, we must not forget what happened last week. While we celebrate a hard-earned achievement today, we will not forget what happened to Jules in Suzuka and we will not forget the battle he is fighting at the moment. " We are split in two today, celebrating a moment that we have worked so hard for, but this will never take away the sadness at the events of last weekend. "Looking at this achievement, it's incredible: I have to pinch myself that we are now par t of Mercedes-Benz history. Today, our team won the first ever Formula 1 Constructors' title for Mercedes-Benz and I feel proud and honoured to be part of this group. " T he foundations of this success were built by Ross (Brawn) and he played such an impor tant role in the team to prepare this success. We have been able to continue that work, making the right decisions, putting the right resources in place and putting the team on an upward slope; today's achievement is the result of that. Well done to ever y single member of the team in the UK and Germany for this world championship. Of course, the focus will now shift to the battle for the drivers' title and this will stay as intense as ever for the final three races. We have a healthy lead over Ricciardo in third place but nothing will change in our approach: we want Lewis and Nico to race each other hard and respectfully, as they have done so far this year. They have both made a massive contribution to our success and huge credit goes to both of them for the Constructors' title today." 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: