Mercedes ready to wrap up 5th successive title

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Hamilton went on to finish fourth - enough to clinch the title - and nearly a lap down on race victor Max Verstappen, but was forced to make two stops in a race many expected would see just the one, whilst Bottas, fifth and lapped, made three stops as the pair struggled with degradation.

Only Ferrari have enjoyed such a previous run, with six in succession between 1999 and 2004, and Sebastian Vettel and team mate Kimi Raikkonen are the only ones who can delay the seemingly inevitable.

A week on from Lewis Hamilton's World Championship victory, boss Toto Wolff confirms Mercedes still haven't ticked off all the target boxes for 2018.

Mercedes are 55 points clear of the Italians, with 43 still to be won after Brazil.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has provided his opinion on the speculation, and thinks that as long as the team's auto remains the best, then Hamilton will stay.

"This is the moment to keep our feet on the ground, focus clearly on the objective and trust in our processes and people to deliver".

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The constructors' championship is still a very big deal for everyone at the 900-strong team, and not just because staff bonuses are paid on it rather than the drivers' one.

Lewis Hamilton secured the fifth world title of his career at the Mexican Grand Prix last time out.

With no Brazilian driver in the race, Felipe Massa's departure at the end of past year ending an unbroken line extending over four decades, the carnival atmosphere may be slightly more muted.

Interlagos will host the penultimate race of the F1 season this weekend.

"I've had some great battles and overtakes there and I'm hoping for another exciting race". Hamilton called the Brazilian track "one of the trickiest of the season" and "an Achilles heel".

"Mexico was a bittersweet weekend", explained Wolff. There was some debate about whether or not this record will be shattered, but as the day goes by, Hamilton's chances are getting a lot bigger.

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