In The Driver's Seat

Mercedes' greatness is more than the sum of their parts

When Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc pulled incredibly quick laps out of the bag during Sunday morning's Typhoon Hagibis-delayed qualifying session at the Suzuka Circuit, Mercedes were stunned. Their chances of maintaining their extraordinary record of five consecutive turbo-hybrid victories in the Japanese Grand Prix seemed slim at best. At last, it appeared, the Silver Arrows had met their match.

Later, in the warm sunshine that was such a stark contrast to the torrential rain and 230kmh tornado winds that had swept up the eastern coast the previous day and wreaked havoc on Tokyo, Ferrari's day fell apart.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2019, with the headline 'Mercedes' greatness is more than the sum of their parts'. Print Edition | Subscribe