Mercedes won't be backing off in final two races - Toto Wolff

Mercedes won't be backing off in final two races - Toto Wolff”

Mercedes won the constructors' championship for the fourth year in a row in Texas last month while Hamilton, now Britain's most successful driver of all time, took his fourth title in Mexico.

While in a normal year, each team will have more than half of its factory resource dedicated to the new auto by the summer break, the 2017-2018 winter sees stable chassis regulations - meaning many teams were running new parts on their vehicle as late as the United States Grand Prix.

While Mercedes have wrapped up both titles with two rounds to spare, they have been pushed much closer by their rivals in 2017.

"It might be tempting to think that, with both championships now secure, the pressure is off for the two remaining races of 2017, but that couldn't be further from the truth", said Wolff.

Speaking specifically about their planned programme for Brazil, Mercedes said alongside testing new parts they would be using Friday practice to run a range of a range of aerodynamic instrumentation devices, as well as to trial various bits of pit-stop equipment in a live environment.

Mercedes fly to Brazil and Abu Dhabi aiming to win these final two races.

But Toto Wolff says the final chapter of a fascinating and hard-fought season is crucial as the team look to push on next year, when Ferrari and Red Bull are expected to battle Mercedes again.

This isn't a luxury only available to a single team however, it's true for the entire grid - and may well have been an opportunity exploited a handful of races ago for those making the early call to focus on 2018 with a comfortable Championship position in the bag.

"There will be no backing off just because the championship business is now done".

Wolff feels champion Hamilton has been racing at his very best since the summer break, winning five of the seven races since the resumption of the season, while he also believes team-mate Valtteri Bottas showed signs of returning to form himself with a strong drive to second place in Mexico.

"In fact, these next two races speak to every principle that makes us what we are".

"Lewis is operating at the peak of his powers right now, and will be determined to add another victory to last year's success", said Wolff.

Although Vettel won four straight titles with Red Bull from 2010 through 2013, Red Bull never had its two drivers end 1-2 in the championship.

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