“It’s a great result.” says Ross Brawn: “Mercedes deserves world record” he concludes…
Mercedes set a new record in Formula 1 in Suzuka on Sunday. For the sixth time in a row, the 2019 Silver Arrows secured the “double” of the Constructors’ and Drivers’ World Championships. No other team – not even Ferrari – managed this before Mercedes. Between 1999 and 2004, the Scuderia “only” managed eleven titles in six years.
“It’s a great result and I’d like to congratulate Toto Wolff and his team on it,” says Formula 1 Sports Director Ross Brawn and explains: “Twelve World Championship titles in six years are extraordinary and better than Ferrari’s race between 1999 and 2004. I remember that well because I was Technical Director of the team at the time.”
Only the 1999 World Drivers Championship was missing for the Scuderia at that time to also clinch twelve titles in six seasons. Eddie Irvine was the loser against McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen – fittingly with a Mercedes engine. “Mercedes deserves this record,” explains Brawn
Of course, this is true and Brawn is correct to say that it’s an incredible feat, although aided somewhat by setting the benchmark of total budget spent for a team far in excess of what has been known previously.
It’s fair to say that due to the position in F1 that Ross Brawn finds himself in, most would agree that he must keep a neutral viewpoint. Something he’s perhaps not able to do in this instance – much like a proud father seeing his child do well.
Between 2010 and 2013 he was team manager at Mercedes and at that time involved in building the team that was to claim all World Championship titles from 2014. “In the first three years of the hybrid era, they were unbeatable, and then they showed that they could keep their rivals behind them for another three years,” Brawn praises.
“It’s always hard to tell how much comes from the car and how much from the driver. But for me the team counts the most in the end. Formula 1 is a team sport, and even if the driver is the star of the show, he can’t make it without a team,”
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