Subscribe

Sign up for free

  • Get quick access to your favorite articles

  • Manage alerts on breaking news and favorite drivers

  • Make your voice heard with article commenting.

Autosport Plus

Discover premium content
Subscribe
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W14
Autosport Plus
Special feature

Is Mercedes experiencing an extended blip or the end of an F1 dynasty?

A second year in the doldrums for the team that once dominated F1 will have really smarted. It knows this cannot be allowed to become a trend

Did Toto Wolff pack a travel-size tombola drum in his suitcase this season? When it came to appraising the W14, it seemed as though the Mercedes motorsport boss had cranked the handle, picked a random ticket, then relayed the corresponding epithet. The car was a “surprise box”, “Diva 2.0”, “miserable thing” and a “nasty piece of work”, to list but a few unflattering testimonials.

The first winless creation to emerge from the Brackley factory since 2011 needed until the dying laps of the Abu Dhabi finale to secure second position in the constructors’ championship over Ferrari as George Russell bagged the last of only eight podium finishes for the squad. At least its Italian rival could toast a grand prix victory and is now entitled to more aerodynamic testing time to chase after Red Bull.

Previous article Ferrari’s Vasseur: FIA/Wolff saga was 'embarrassing for F1'
Next article Aston Martin: F1 convergence could lead to "fantastic" 2024

Sign up for free

  • Get quick access to your favorite articles

  • Manage alerts on breaking news and favorite drivers

  • Make your voice heard with article commenting.

Autosport Plus

Discover premium content
Subscribe