Wolff: Mercedes win tinged with sadness

By on Sunday, October 12, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has admitted that their 2014 title glory has been tinged with sadness following Jules Bianchi's accident in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Wolff's squad claimed their 13th win of the year at the Russian Grand Prix to move into an unassailable lead at the top of the Constructors' standings, but Bianchi's accident, which has left him with a diffuse axonal injury, remains in their mind.

"This is a great moment for our team but, first of all, we must not forget what happened last week," he said. "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.

Wolff added that Mercedes's 'incredible' achievement will not change their tactics for the final three rounds of the year, with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg separated by 17 points at the top of the Drivers' standings.

"Looking at this achievement, it's incredible: I have to pinch myself that we are now part of Mercedes-Benz history," he said.

"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. The foundations of this success were built by Ross [Brawn] and he played such an important 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.

"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 [Daniel] 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."

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