Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admits that the double points scenario in Abu Dhabi could cast a shadow on a championship victory for Nico Rosberg.
Even if Lewis Hamilton wins in Brazil with Rosberg failing to score, if the opposite then happens in Abu Dhabi, the German would win the title.
“It’s satisfying to know that only a Mercedes driver can win the championship from now on,” said Wolff. “Even though it was highly likely, with 92 points to Daniel from now it’s mathematically impossible that somebody else wins it. And that’s a good feeling.
“I think the last race with the double points has the potential to overshadow a season. We know why the double points came, and it made all the sense in the world to make it spectacular for the audience and for the fans and for the viewers, but now we are in a situation that it could change the outcome.”
Meanwhile Wolff is happy that Mercedes has equalled McLaren’s 1988 record of 10 one-two finishes in a season.
“There is one thing that makes me proud for the achievements of the team. As a kid I remember this dominance of McLaren, and I remember seeing those cars taking one-twos all the time, up to a point when it was almost boring. It was just dominance pure, and us equalling that record and even being able to do one or two more is proof that the team has done many things right, and the team has taken many good decisions. Normally I don’t care about statistics, but that one is something which reminds me of 20 years ago.”