Mercedes Chief Confesses to Naughty F1 Deed: “Not Sure Toto Knows”

Published 02/21/2021, 4:23 AM EST
SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Mercedes has been winning trophies like no other since 2014. With so many titles, is there a chance that sometimes the team loses track of one of them?

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Well, technically, yes.

Mike Elliott, Technical Director at Mercedes, shared such a story about when he took off with one of the trophies.

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In an interview with Michael McGrath, Elliott talked about joining Mercedes, the team’s quest for the eighth championship title, and how he stole the constructor’s trophy after the team’s win in Barcelona 2014.

“I went up in 2014 in Barcelona, we had only just started winning. When you know what’s gone into it, you know how much effort loads of people have put into it, it’s kind of an amazing experience.”

“I was a bit naughty, I nicked off with the trophy, the constructors trophy, after the race. I took it home with me.

“I am not sure Toto knows about that,” he recalled.

“Well, he does now,” replied the interviewer.

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Elliot explains the feeling behind collecting a trophy for Mercedes

The team that wins the race sends an individual to claim the constructors’ trophy on the podium next to the players. Elliot had his first chance in Barcelona, 2014, where he took the trophy back with him. In the interview, he also explained the significance of collecting that team trophy.

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“Highlight so far is collecting the trophy on behalf of your team. I think it’s a completely humbling experience to stand up and collect that trophy and know that you’ve done that on behalf of the hundreds of people, both in Brackley and in Brixworth,” he explained.

SOCHI, RUSSIA: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Mercedes are working around the clock to claim their eighth championship title this season. They have also started dedicating resources to prepare for the 2022 technical regulations that could challenge their long-standing dominance.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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