Mercedes boss Toto Wolff insists the team could not have won five championship doubles if they did not have the “exceptional” Lewis Hamilton driving for the outfit.
The British race driver took his fifth world driver’s title last month at Mexico and last Sunday, Mercedes won their fifth world constructor’s championship.
This win puts the Silver Arrows outfit in the same league as Ferrari for having won five doubles titles in a row.
And Wolff believes it would not have been possible without Hamilton joining them in 2013.
Speaking with The Guardian, he said: “We wouldn’t have won five championships,”
“He is an exceptional driver and an unbelievable human and he has been an integral part of the team.
“He is the one in the forefront and in the car. Many people have contributed to the success but clearly, it wouldn’t have happened without him.”
Talking about his perspective, Hamilton admitted getting the fifth title has been a “real battle” and said Mercedes’ staff at the two factories have worked very hard to get it done.
“I think that might have been the best moment I have had with this team,” he said. “I have never seen the guys so happy.
“We have been together a long, long time, I was hoping the guys could feel what I was feeling, and I saw it and we shared it and I will remember that moment for the rest of my life. I am so emotionally drained.
“It’s hard to contemplate what has happened in the last six years. It has been an incredible journey and by no means easy for anybody, it has been a real battle for all of us.”
Speaking with the Mercedes staff after the title win, he said: “We are now legends so just remember that,”, referring to the phenomenal achievement.
“When you go home, when you look in the mirror, when you wake up, you’ve got to say that to yourself: ‘I’m a legend’.”
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