Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Mercedes aim to learn from mistakes in Brazil


Lewis Hamilton collided with Crimson Bull’s Alexander Albon on the penultimate lap in Brazil

Mercedes dispute they are heading to this weekend’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Enormous Prix “with a level to mark”.

Crew boss Toto Wolff acknowledged the closing flee in Brazil used to be “disappointing for us”.

World champion Lewis Hamilton performed third however used to be demoted to seventh with a 5-2d penalty for colliding with Crimson Bull’s Alexander Albon.

Wolff, who didn’t wait on the flee in Brazil, acknowledged: “We didn’t derive the fastest car on procedure and we misplaced loads of aspects owing to our hold mistakes.”

He added: “We analysed what went sinful, both through our reliability and our choices in direction of the flee, to be particular we make no longer repeat them.

“It used to be an honest studying ride for all of the crew and one thing that would possibly get us stronger in the lengthy term.”

Wolff used to be relating to a flee arrangement that unfolded when Hamilton used to be brought in for a behind trade of tyres below a final security car duration following a smash between the two Ferrari drivers.

The decision dropped Hamilton to fourth from 2d and used to be described by technical director James Allison, the de facto crew boss in Brazil in Wolff’s absence, as “undeniable slow”.

Even ahead of that, Allison acknowledged Mercedes had “no longer had the shiniest of races up to that level”.

Hamilton collided with Albon making an optimistic strive to separate the rookie from 2d repute on the penultimate lap.

After recuperating, Hamilton then genuine failed in an strive to lunge Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly in a flee to the prevail in line on the last lap, and used to be given a 5-2d penalty for the Albon incident.

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Wolff acknowledged: “The underperformance in Brazil technique we head to Abu Dhabi with a level to mark.

“Yas Marina has been an honest circuit for us in the closing years and we will push laborious to proceed in the same draw.

“The flee is one closing more than a few for us so that you just can add one other victory to the sage of the W10 and it is but but any other likelihood to positioned on a massive level to for the followers ahead of the winter damage.

“We’re wanting ahead to the fight because we know that in Formula 1, you is inclined to be most effective as top seemingly as your closing consequence.”

‘Roller coaster’ of a season

Wolff acknowledged the 2019 season – wherein Mercedes derive obtained 14 of 20 races to this level, 10 for Hamilton and four for crew-mate Valtteri Bottas – had been a “genuine roller coaster”.

The crew derive obtained a sage-breaking sixth consecutive double of drivers’ and constructors’ championships, breaking the outdated sage held by Ferrari.

But he acknowledged the deaths of FIA F1 director Charlie Whiting on the eve of the season, Mercedes non-govt director Niki Lauda in Might perhaps and Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert in a high-tempo smash on the Belgian Enormous Prix had been laborious to get.

Wolff acknowledged: “We derive viewed enormous on-song battles and we have most celebrated the competition. We are very proud that we got here out on high and managed to effect the Mercedes name in the history books of F1 with our sixth consecutive double title.

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“On the rather loads of hand, it has been an incredibly laborious three hundred and sixty five days the effect we had to claim goodbye to too many pals.

“We had been hit laborious by the passing of Charlie, Niki and Anthoine, besides to important participants from our crew who we have tragically misplaced this three hundred and sixty five days.

“At Mercedes, Niki left a void that we would possibly perhaps no longer ever be in a spot to interchange – as a offer of inspiration, as a converse of cause, however most importantly as a massive top seemingly friend. We hope we did you proud, Niki.”

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