The Mercedes-Benz team have secured their fourth successive constructors’ world championship thanks to Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the U.S. Grand Prix.
The win isn’t quite enough to wrap up Lewis’ fourth drivers’ title, with Sebastian Vettel finishing second to keep the fight mathematically alive.
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But Ferrari’s hopes of snatching their first constructors’ crown since 2008 are now officially over. Hamilton’s win put it beyond doubt for Mercedes, regardless of what their rivals scored, and with Valtteri Bottas taking fifth they did more than enough today.
It didn't always look to be a cert. Lewis lost the lead to Vettel at the start but soon re-passed his rival and, aside from a brief scare after his pitstop, never looked troubled afterwards. Vettel tried a two-stop strategy to jump Lewis but ran out of laps.
Max Verstappen looked to have scored a brilliant third from 16th on the grid, snatching a podium by passing Kimi Raikkonen on the very last lap, but was handed a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits. The Finn therefore re-took third.
Lewis lost the lead at the start but after re-passing Vettel never looked back. Pic: Sutton Images
The German marque have now won all four constructors titles during F1’s hybrid engine era. This is the latest in the season they have clinched the crown, but it still comes with a comfortable buffer of three races left to run.
It makes Mercedes the fourth team to win four or more successive constructors’ titles. McLaren won four on the bounce between 1988 and 1991, while Ferrari hold the record with six from 1999 to 2004. Red Bull took four without reply for 2010 to 2013, meaning only two teams have won the title over the past eight years.
To complete their fourth successive clean sweep, Mercedes will need Hamilton to score just a handful more points over the final three rounds of the championship.