Hamilton and Bottas on Mercedes winning the Constructors’ title

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At the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Mercedes won its seventh Constructors’ Championship in a row, breaking Ferrari’s six consecutive titles record.

After the race Lewis Hamilton was asked how winning the Constructors’ title differs from winning the Drivers’ crown.

“It’s almost more exciting winning the team one,” said the Briton at the post race press conference.

“It’s a very strange sport in the sense that it is as team sport but there are two championships and then there is an individual championship, but what is at the core our job is to deliver points and results for the team.

“So when you win a team championship I think it’s almost better than an individual because it’s something you do collectively, with a large group of people and whilst we are the ones standing on top of the podium we are not above anybody. We are on the same level, we are all part of the chain links.

“You can tell that everyone is so happy when they get the Constructors’ title. When we do the Christmas party and we celebrate with everyone, everyone just knows that they did a remarkable job and that they have done something that nobody else has done before. That’s cool to be a part of.

“Even if I was to stop today that would be something that I would be able to share with that large group of people for the rest of my life,” concluded the Briton.

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Next up, Valtteri Bottas, who joined Mercedes in 2017, gave his thoughts on the team winning the Constructors’ title.

“ Yeah, for me it’s crazy to thing that I’ve now been part of the team four years in a row to be part of winning the Constructors’ Championship,” said the Finn.

“It’s quite unreal – but I think everything that Lewis said. For me, I’m just really thinking the same. I’m so proud of every single team member, what they’re doing. All the factories and in the race team.

“We keep raising the bar for every single team member but we do it united. We support each other but the spirit the team has, it’s making these things possible. And I’m really, really proud to be part of it.

“I think for all of us in the team, it takes a bit of time to understand what we’re doing and what we are achieving – but we should definitely enjoy it because it is amazing and I’m really proud of everyone.

“So, thanks team,” concluded Bottas.

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