Abu Dhabi Grand Prix can be called one of the most successful for Mercedes, the team has five victories in a row here since 2014. Probably this year the final race will bring one more win for the team, but now it’s a time to talk about previous events.
The Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton had a difficult race two weeks ago in Brazil. The team did a mistake with Hamilton’s pit stop: when safety car came out on last laps the team offer Lewis to go for fresh tyres, but miscalculated time and what number of positions he could lose.
Commenting on this, Hamilton said that lessons have been learned.
"It's not a major drama for us. I don't think it would have happened if we were fighting for the championship," - said Lewis.
"We were experimenting, trying to be a little bit more risky. It didn't pay off. But it's good for us to go through those experiences.”
"We probably learned more from that weekend than we did from the couple of weekends before when things generally went relatively smooth sailing. We just talk openly about it."
After the finish of Brazilian race, James Allison, the Mercedes technical director, said the decision to allow Hamilton to make a call about pitting by himself, without fully accurate information was a "rookie error". Lewis wasn’t satisfied with it, but he prefer to think it as a lesson that the whole team have learned and need to remember next races.
"For me personally I took the decision in the end to come in. I was given the option, but also I was given slightly the wrong information – where I'd come out. There's other things that followed, like the safety car stayed out longer, those kinds of things."
"Naturally hindsight is always great thing, so you would go back and you'd probably change it. But I don't regret the decision we made as I said, because we've learned quite a bit that we can implement into this weekend, and into next year."
Now Hamilton is determined to achieve better results this weekend in Abu Dhabi.
"I don't want another weekend like that so I'll put things right this weekend and we'll just continue to go full steam ahead."
Lewis’s teammate Valtteri Bottas will start the final race of the season from back of the grid. After the engine failure at Interlagos, he had to change some elements of the power unit. Despite the start from the end of peloton Valtteri is ready to hard race and sure in successful results.
"Obviously if I would still have been in the title fight that failure and the start for this weekend would have been more painful," - the Finn said.
"Everything's settled, I'll take it, it is what it is. I know the approach for Sunday and we need to make the most out of it. I'm sure we can still do something good from there."
"I accept it and take it as a challenge – at least we should get some good overtaking practice."