Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff admits the chance to go on and match the success achieved by Ferrari during the Michael Schumacher days does act as an "objective" for the German manufacturer to achieve.
This season, new design rules meant the gap over their rivals, particularly Ferrari, was much smaller than in recent years, however, it wouldn't be enough as the Silver Arrows secured both championships for the fourth straight year with the Scuderia, led by Sebastian Vettel, stumbling shortly after the summer break.
That success meant they also matched the achievement of Red Bull at the start of the decade but, using history as the precedent, Wolff sees no reason why his team can't push on.
"Winning becomes more difficult with every single year. I guess we will see a fight between Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and maybe McLaren-Renault will join us in the title fight," he told the official F1 website, looking ahead to 2018.
"That is an exciting outlook for the fans but, of course, we want to make the right calls over the winter, minimize our mistakes and then go racing. If you win you know that you have done a good job!
"I have great respect for what Jean Todt achieved," he added referring to the 11 titles he won as Ferrari Team Principal between 1999 and 2004. "And yes, it is an interesting objective.
"To achieve something like that, it is a team effort – setting the right objectives. Such success is never a single man’s achievement and yes, we have set objectives for the team and we are motivated to achieve them."
What was impressive too, was how the Brackley-based team kept pushing to address the weaknesses which sometimes saw them drop behind Ferrari and Red Bull at certain races.
It is that ability which has Managing Director of Motorsport at the Formula One Group, Ross Brawn concerned that Mercedes could once again dominate next season.
“They’ve got a great group of people, but my slight worry is that they will get even stronger now,” he told ESPN. “They’ve had a change of senior management – Paddy Lowe left and James Allison came – and that was in the middle of a car [design] change, which is not easy.
“By their own admission, the car they had this year was a bit of a diva and I strongly suspect that’s not going to be the case next year. So I just see – unfortunately in many ways – a continuation of the steamroller. Let’s hope I’m wrong!”
Future of Italian GP at Monza in doubt a
Mercedes boss cracks joke after chance V
McLaren junior Norris doesn't "dwell" on
Ford would consider F1 return with budge
F1 in a "little bubble" when considering
F1 set to separate driver & car weight i
Long-standing Ferrari privilege could be
"Certain logic" to Cosworth/ Aston Marti
"Good friends" Mercedes & Ferrari share
Red Bull boss reassured Ricciardo of par
Pirelli targeting new F1 contract post-2
Renault boss pleased to see Sirotkin, Ku
McLaren, Mercedes among teams to announc
Kubica had "plenty of opportunities" to
Magnussen undeterred by Renault progress
Marchionne: Atmosphere "too relaxed" ins
Mercedes engine boss slams limit of just
F1 bosses to layout future vision in fir
Williams confirm Sirotkin for 2018 seaso
F1 must cut costs to make budget cap wor
Perez admits 2018 an "important year" fo
Vasseur wants Sauber to become Alfa Rome
Red Bull pleased to have "options" for 2
Top American drivers chose stock cars ov
Hamilton calls for less margin for error
McLaren: Alonso could well have stayed w
Vettel sure Ferrari will have "learned o
Webber suggests Red Bull program "not as
Pirelli expecting dramatic fall in lap t
Haas would only sign an American driver
Alonso hails McLaren boss Brown's "wider
Kubica to be named as Williams reserve f
Cosworth "unlikely" to return to F1 as i
F1 using eSports platform to trial possi
Sauber confident of a "big step forward"
Pirelli sure fans won't be confused by e
McLaren boss predicts "fireworks" betwee
Gasly stresses importance of Honda relia
F1 CEO "excited" as Danish GP plans gath
Renault confident enhanced procedures ca
Norris: Winning F2 would prove I'm as go
Kvyat joins Ferrari development program
Newey reveals Renault concerns almost le
Future of British GP "absolutely not" gu
Wehrlein to remain with Mercedes despite
McLaren not setting "dangerous" expectat
Webber concerned Alonso "could risk gett
Force India consider Ocon on similar lev
Brawn targets greater fan interaction ov
Renault maintain support for Palmer in s
Mercedes set to overhaul engine for 2018
Gasly believes he is proof money not alw
Massa intrigued by "more aggressive" 201
Red Bull boss expects "better racing" th
Brawn rejects notion F1 would struggle w
Former FIA head Budkowski "perfect" to p
Alonso targets pace gains as Nasr leads
Force India announce Latifi as 2018 rese
Red Bull drivers sure championship fight
Ex-Renault boss Briatore "very sorry" as
Ecclestone sure Marchionne would carry o
Bottas has "no excuse" not to challenge
Nurburgring reveals talks over 2019 F1 r
Force India hints team orders will be dr
Giovinazzi, Di Resta set for Formula E t
Honda: Limiting engines helps Mercedes,
Ricciardo confident patient approach ove
Villeneuve unsurprised by Massa claim af
Alonso expects to be a "better driver" a
Aston Martin receiving interest from F1
Ocon sure of future opportunities with M
Honda to have 2017 spec engine as backup
Mercedes consider following Ferrari's "v
Hakkinen impressed by next generation of
Hamilton "one of the greatest" in F1 - A
Lauda claims Mercedes, other F1 teams "w
McLaren's Boullier pleased by "fluid" Re
Red Bull hopeful of more equal engine pe
Hamilton would prefer Magny-Cours over P
Alonso believes third F1 title still pos
Modern F1 lacks a "gladiatorial feeling"
Mercedes claim McLaren engine deal was p
Brawn wants a "sustainable F1" for small
Hamilton claims Vettel fight "inspiratio
McLaren will "keep a close eye on everyb
Red Bull: Beating Ferrari to P2 "very li
Pit-stop routines will be adjusted for H
Hulkenberg hails 2017 cars for "best" F1
FIA President claims Mercedes, Ferrari "
McLaren wants teams to have less power i
Marko upbeat about Toro Rosso & Honda fo
Ocon turned to Mercedes for "help" with
2018 Ferrari passes FIA frontal crash te
FIA target steering systems in latest su
Marko, Ricciardo boosted by early Red Bu
Wolff on Halo: "I'd like to saw it off"
McLaren rules out return to Indianapolis
Hamilton expecting better prepared Botta
Honda confident of improved engine relia
Lauda claims Verstappen used Mercedes ru