Alongside Lewis, Valtteri played a crucial role in securing the team' fifth consecutive World Championship double: "Valtteri's contribution was enormous. Until the Baku incident where he lost 25 points, he was properly in the fight for the Championship. Since then, it has gone against him, yet he's kept his dignity and played a big role in supporting the team without losing his stature as a racing driver, and as a racing driver that can win. He will come back strong next year and will give Lewis and all the others a run for their money."
In the 2019 season, Valtteri, Lewis and the team expect a lot of new challenges arising from new rules, changes to the driver line-ups and at least two formidable opponents in Ferrari and Red Bull. If Lewis claims a sixth title, he will come closer to matching Michael Schumacher's record.
"I think it's always about setting the right objectives," said Toto. "You have to develop a blueprint of what you want to achieve and then push hard. Then the records become an interesting objective. He's won five Drivers' titles now, and he's second with Fangio, which is amazing."
"He got a trophy yesterday from the Fangio museum; for him, hearing his name mentioned in the same sentence as Juan Manuel Fangio is unbelievable. Yes, he will be setting his sights on the next title, but before the seventh there is a sixth, and I can assure you this will be very difficult and complicated next year."