F1: Mercedes matches Ferrari with fifth straight championship double
By Chris Medland | RACER magazine and RACER.com F1 correspondent
Mercedes has joined Ferrari as the only two teams to win five consecutive championship doubles in Formula 1 after Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Hamilton secured the drivers’ championship at the last race in Mexico — his fourth with Mercedes since 2014, with Nico Rosberg winning in 2016 — and his win at Interlagos was enough to wrap up the constructors’ championship for Mercedes ahead of Ferrari.
Having dominated since the introduction of the V6 turbo hybrid power units in 2014, Mercedes has now won five drivers’ and constructors’ titles in a row, matching Ferrari’s run from 2000 to 2004 with Michael Schumacher.
“Honestly, these guys have worked so hard in the last six years been an incredible journey with them,” Hamilton said. “This is what everyone works for the whole year. Everyone wakes up, goes to work every day and try to bring the best out of themselves – and it really pulls together as a unit.
“I’ve always said how much of an honor it is to drive for them, and today was like the best style we could do it. We were struggling. We had problems with the engine. [Verstappen] passed us like we were a sitting duck at one stage. Then obviously he made a mistake and that brought us back into contention.
“So proud of everyone. Every back home, thank you for your continued efforts. To all our sponsors, who without we would not be here powering to a win in Brazil. God bless you.”
Ferrari won six straight constructors’ championships and secured the title in 1999, but on that occasion it was McLaren’s Mika Hakkinen who took the drivers’ title.
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