Published: 13:12 | 24/10/18

Wolff fires warning over championship


Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff insists the world championship fight with Ferrari is 'far from over'.

Lewis Hamilton had hoped to clinch a fifth world title at last week's United States Grand Prix but Kimi Raikkonen claimed victory for Ferrari in Texas.

Raikkonen's victory means Hamilton will be crowned champion in Mexico if he finishes seventh or higher but the race for the Constructors' Championship could go down to the final race in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes lead the race by 66 points from Ferrari with three races remaining and Wolff insists they will not rest until the championship is secured.

“The United States Grand Prix confirmed what we said before the race: This year’s championship fight is far from over,” Wolff said. “While Lewis was able to extend his lead over Sebastian Vettel in Austin, we lost points to Ferrari in the constructors’ championship.

“We have a battle on our hands and we will have to keep pushing to win both titles.

“We cannot be happy with the result in Texas, but it provides us with an opportunity to learn and come back stronger.”

Looking ahead to this weekend's in Mexico, Wolff added: “The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is an outlier given its high altitude and the demands this puts on the cars and power units.

“It has been one of the weaker tracks for us in previous years and we expect a hard fight with Ferrari and Red Bull.

“We know that it is not going to be an easy race, but everyone in the team is focused, motivated and determined to keep the pressure on until the checkered flag in Abu Dhabi.”

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