Formula 1: Mercedes nail Constructor Championship for fourth year in a row
Lewis Hamilton’s impressive victory at last weekend’s US Grand Prix saw Mercedes pick up their fourth Constructors’ Championship in a row.
The British driver, odds on for the Driver’s Championship, finished victorious with teammate Valtteri Bottas coming home in fifth place. The combined points total were enough to secure Mercedes the crown for the 2017 season, Ferrari now officially unable to make up the points required in the remaining races.
“They’ve been the best team this year,” said Hamilton. “It’s a really humbling experience.”
And team boss Toto Wolff told Sky F1: “I’m so happy. The gang in Brackley and Brixworth have done a fantastic job, 24/7 and so much sacrifice.”
“It’s been the whole group that has made the car quick, made it reliable and Lewis has been perfect in the execution.
“In years where you are competitive, everything just needs to come together – the right work ethic, the right resource and also the right mindset.”
Mercedes triumph is the fourth time a constructor has won four straight titles. McLaren managed it between 1988 – 1991, Red Bull between 2010 – 2013. Ferrari won six in a row between 1999 and 2004.
Mercedes’ non-executive director Niki Lauda said: “Thank you to everyone at Brackley and Brixworth. Together we made it. An unbelievable result and I’m really happy.”
This season, Mercedes have notched 11 race victories plus an additional 11 podium finishes. Despite the current engine not being as dominant as in previous seasons, the team only had one race where they did not finish.
2017 Constructors’ Championship – top three
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