Indeed, with just two races left it really could go either way but Mercedes must be feeling confident, especially with them set to bring their newest internal combustion engine back in for the Saudi Arabia GP in just under a fortnight from now.
After Hamilton’s win in Qatar, Wolff confirmed that the engine that thrust Hamilton to a fine win in Brazil earlier this month will be bolted in the Silver Arrows at the Jeddah circuit, with a view to closing the gap to Verstappen even further.
“Saudi should be a good track for us, but we know this year when you think it’s a good one it can turn the other way around.
“But it’s a long straight, we’ll get our spicy equipment (engine) out for Saudi Arabia that we didn’t use (in Qatar) and hopefully Valtteri (Bottas) is right up there – we need him. But in any case, if everyone finishes the race it will go to Abu Dhabi.”
Certainly, this will boost Mercedes’ confidence about getting a result in Saudi and we’ll just have to see how Red Bull can respond.