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Silver Arrows: Title Success Within Reach

Sep 092019

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team moved closer to retaining the Formula One Constructors' Championship title with a double-podium finish at the Italian Grand Prix.

The Silver Arrows have now opened up an incredible 154-point lead over Ferrari in the championship in the final race of the European season. Next up, Formula One heads to Singapore and under the spotlights of the Marina Bay Circuit where they will be looking to take another stride towards winning a sixth consecutive title - equalling Ferrari's all-time record.

Valtteri Bottas came home in second place in Monza, just 0.835s behind race winner Charles Leclerc while Lewis Hamilton was third, but did manage to take a bonus point for setting the fastest lap. It was a mixed weekend for the Silver Arrows and an eventful race with Lewis going head-to-head with Leclerc with some thrilling racing.

In terms of the Drivers' championship, Lewis's lead to Valtteri is now 63 points with seven more races to go, but he is not yet thinking about a sixth world title.

Instead, he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground and says that after his weekend in Italy he has more room for improvement.

Lewis said: "Honestly, I'm just trying to do better each race. I'm not really focused on the championship at the moment. But of course, a healthier lead than I've been in in the past, so obviously I'm grateful for that.

 

"But today wasn't a perfect race. I think this weekend some improvements to be made to my set-up and obviously within myself, so I'll focus on that for the next race."

 

And Lewis has reason to feel confident heading to Singapore, for he has won there a record four times, a statistic he shares with Sebastian Vettel, although he has won the race for the last two years.

 

As for Valtteri, he too knows that he remains in the title race, but does concede his teammate's advantage is formidable. Valtteri added: "Well there's no point ever giving up when there's still statistics to say it's possible. Obviously it's a bit of a long shot, honestly, if you're realistic with the way Lewis is performing and the consistency he's having. But obviously you never know.

 

"This is F1, we've seen crazy things happening so there's no point giving up, I just focus as an individual, my best performance I can and for us, as a team, to keep those improvements coming, that we are doing together and by the end of the year we will see, but there's no point in giving up.”

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