Lewis Hamilton secured his fourth Formula 1 World Championship in October after his ninth-place finish at the Mexico Grand Prix gave him an insurmountable points lead over a pack of competitors led by Sebastian Vettel.
The drivers' title he secured is the fourth of his career, making him the most successful British F1 driver of all time. His Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport matched his feat to claim the constructors' title for the fourth consecutive season.
We look at what CIOs can learn from their victories.
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November 27, 2017
7. Choose your equipment carefully
Picking the right equipment was crucial to the success of Mercedes, most notably in the choice of tires.
"If you were to ask anybody that's in F1 that knows what they're talking about, the biggest possible differentiator between any of the teams at the moment is tyres,"
Mercedes IT director Matt Harris explained to CIO UK.
"Now you'll hear lots of people going on about the engine - and yes, that's important, and we're lucky enough to have one of the best in the pit lane - but if we get tyres wrong we won't be the fastest. We could quite easily be mid-table."
They got them right and it paid off, as Hamilton revealed.
"I've loved driving this year's car with the tyres, it makes me kind of think why did we not have these big tyres before," he said.
"More mechanical grip ultimately means we can do more on the track and more racing and that’s what we need."
8. Optimise your setup
Mercedes maximised performance by balancing a desire for better data against the other requirements for the car.
"Each car has approximately 200 sensors," said Harris. "It does vary during a race weekend as to exactly how many because sensors are weight, and weight is less performance, so you always have that careful consideration between performance and information.
"The sensors that are on the car can tell us anything from tyre temperatures to wheel speeds to engine information to aero loads. Some of those are for performance, some of those are for safety, and some are for reliability.
"All of the teams have the same ECU [Electronic Control Unit], and the limitation on that is the speed that you can get data in and out of it, so you try and optimise the amount of data you store on it to try and minimise the amount of time it takes to get the data off."
10. Keep a winning mentality
Hamilton and Mercedes may have already wrapped up the titles, but insisted that there will be no holding back in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.
"Regardless of what stands in the trophy cabinets back at base, our focus is always on the next race and the next championship," said team chief Toto Wolff.
"Our goal in Abu Dhabi is quite simple: to give the best of ourselves, to extract the maximum from our 'diva' in her final race – and to win.
The team was true to his word. Hamilton was pipped to pole position by his teammate Valtteri Bottas, and the duo ended the race in the same positions in which they started, giving their fourth one-two finish of the season.
The endless drive to succeed is what propels professionals in every field to the top of their trade.
12. Always look for improvements
Despite their string of successes, Mercedes refuses to rest on their laurels. To augment the human analysis of car data and reduce the processing requirements, the team is now working with Tibco to develop automated anomaly detection.
"You're now starting to engineer by exception rather than having to be clever enough to know what you're looking for," said Harris.
"If you look at the business as a whole, we don't necessarily use data as well as we've done at the track for all the other things we do in the business.
"There's now a lot more work going into data analysis around all the other things that we do, whether it's vehicle simulation, or our ERP and our CAD systems, about how we can optimise our performance as a business."