Published: Tue, December 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Mercedes suffers 'setback' with 2019 Formula 1 engine design

Mercedes suffers 'setback' with 2019 Formula 1 engine design

"I wouldn't be up here without this incredible team, I'm just really a chink in the chain", said Hamilton with the drivers' championship trophy in his hands.

Mercedes has been the epitome of success, when it comes to wining the constructors championship, since the year of 2014.

In response to the assumption that the opponents have made a bigger step forward than expected, in terms of power, Toto Wolff admitted that Mercedes has recently set more ambitious targets for the progress that the minders had to reach in the winter.

"We all had to raise our game, each and every member of our team", Wolff said. "Winning both titles is a testament to the incredibly hard work of the team", he added.

He has a contract with Mercedes for another two seasons, but could continue beyond that. The statement came after Mick won the Formula 3 championship this year using Mercedes engines.

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Having impressed driving a vehicle powered by a Mercedes engine, Wolff has taken note of Schumacher's progress and has him firmly on the radar of the F1 team.

Although it appears that Formula 1 is in sleep mode, Wolff said that is far from the case and they have been forced even more into action with the fast development of other cars on the 2019 grid.

There has been much discussion about the Mercedes young driver programme, with Wolff himself expressing doubts earlier in the year due to complications with affiliations to Mercedes stunting their opportunities elsewhere. "Finding the down-force, and reducing drag and of course the engine is a very important part, adding more horsepower to the engine", said Toto Wolff.

Mercedes won 11 of the 21 races in a season that also included 13 pole positions and 26 podium finishes, while Hamilton became the joint second most successful driver of all time.

"In the same way, today, we're looking at very young drivers like we did in the past, with Pascal Werhlein, Esteban Ocon and George Russell and we hope to see these kids graduate successfully into Formula 1 and make their own career, and hopefully one day stay in a Mercedes".

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