Mercedes emerged from 2016 'stronger and more capable' - Wolff
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff says the Brackley-based outfit has emerged from the 2016 Formula 1 season “stronger and more capable” to face future challenges.
The team went on to score 19 wins and 20 pole positions in F1 2016, securing both titles – with Nico Rosberg beating team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the drivers’ crown.
Rosberg then announced his retirement from F1 a few days later, with Mercedes now choosing a replacement.
In a message sent to the Mercedes workforce, Wolff said the team have emerged from F1 2016 stronger but has emphasised the challenges ahead with new regulations for 2017.
“2016 has been a remarkable year,” he explained. “Our team has broken records in the history books; we have pursued our goals with passion and determination; and we were tested at each turn by unexpected challenges.
“Nico was crowned champion and then departed the stage. Lewis [Hamilton] needed strength of character to handle defeat with composure and dignity. We celebrated our success and we learned from our mistakes.
“Through all these moments, we have emerged stronger and more capable to face together the road ahead.
“Our position in the spotlight puts every decision taken and every word spoken under an intense microscope. They are debated passionately among our fans and interpreted by the media.
“But there has been enough talking, now. This is the period for calm and considered reflection; to savour our achievements and prepare for the next campaign.”
He added: “As we move forward, we will continue to be guided above all by the best interests of our team. This philosophy is bigger than any one season or any one person.
“It has forged a group that is humble in victory and gracious in defeat; hungry for challenge and resilient under pressure; never satisfied with the status quo, always seeking to improve.
“Our values have been the foundation stones of three world championships. And there will be no compromise as we begin our quest for a fourth in 2017.
“It is now time for some days away from the world of racing, to be enjoyed among family and friends, to recharge the batteries for the bigger challenges ahead.
“We will tackle new rules, welcome a new race driver and take on even stronger rivals. It will test our team's character, strength and capability. Bring it on.”