Cape Town - Ross Brawn has hailed Mercedes' run of success, saying it
was especially impressive this year given the stiff competition from Ferrari.
Last time out in Brazil, Mercedes wrapped up the
Constructors' Championship as they took a 67-point lead over Ferrari with only
43 still in play.
That handed the Brackley squad the double for a fifth successive
season as one race earlier, Mexico, Lewis Hamilton clinched his fifth World
Mercedes' success in Formula 1 was born off the back of
Brawn's own Brawn GP, who bagged the double in 2009 before selling to Mercedes.
The former boss reckons what Mercedes have done under Toto
Wolff's reign, has been nothing short of impressive.
"One can only have words of praise for what this team
has achieved in that time," he told the official F1 website.
"That goes especially for this year when the team run
by Toto Wolff won, while finally facing a rival that was its equal and maybe
even its better at the majority of races.
"It's therefore an amazing achievement for the men and
women of the Silver Arrows to have won both titles this year.
"Firstly, they knew not to rest on their laurels: I am
well aware how easy it is to believe that because you've won for so many years
in a row, you can continue winning without much effort.
"But that's not how it works: to a certain extent,
every year you have to start all over again, clear in the knowledge that your
opposition will have stepped up its game.
"It's that approach that has seen Mercedes stay at the
top over this five-year period."