Now that both the world titles are finalised in Formula 1, Mercedes will “really go for broke” to get the 11th win of the season, says the team’s boss Toto Wolff.
The German outfit wrapped up their fifth consecutive double title win last week despite the never-ending threat from Red Bull and Ferrari.
The Silver Arrows team had prioritised the championship fight over race wins, issuing occasional team orders to ensure Lewis Hamilton is safe in his fights with Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen
Speaking of the upcoming race and their title celebration, Wolff said: “For now, we have one race to go in 2018 and we want to put on a great show for the fans who supported us through the season,”
“The championship pressure is off, so we can look at this as one race where we can really go for broke.
“Our ‘Silver Arrow’ has won 10 races so far this season and we all want to add one more to that score – especially Valtteri [Bottas], who has lost out on wins this season through bad luck and team orders.
“We know it will be a tough battle because both Red Bull and Ferrari will have the same target of taking good momentum into the winter.”
Hamilton suffered an engine problem during the last race and it may affect the upcoming season finale too. He may either get a new engine or race with a turned down power unit.
So, it may be time for Valtteri Bottas to step up and take the race win at the Yas Marina circuit, just like he did in 2018.
“We have taken four wins in a row at Yas Marina, although it’s a track with a lot of slow and medium speed corners,” said Wolff.
“We’ve made some good steps forward when it comes to our car’s performance on similar tracks, so we’re confident that we can perform strongly in Abu Dhabi as well, and end this incredible 2018 season on a high.”