Mercedes maintained their dominance on the Formula One circuit as they clinched their fourth successive constructors’ title after Lewis Hamilton secured an emphatic win at the United States Grand Prix on Sunday.
Hamilton, himself, is on the cusp of winning his fourth world title, with a massive 66-point gap over title challenger Sebastian Vettel.
With 75 points available in the remaining three races, the Brit now needs to score 11 more to reclaim the title he lost to former teammate Nico Rosberg last year.
However, Hamilton had to fight for the win in Austin, having initially lost the lead to Vettel on the opening lap of the race.
But, he managed to track the Ferrari for the next five laps, ultimately performing a brilliant manoeuvre to pass the German on the inside at Turn 12 on lap six.
He controlled proceedings thereafter, having a clear speed advantage over his rival, heading home with another win, making it nine overall this term.
Moments after registering his fourth consecutive victory on the Texas-based track, Hamilton was congratulated by the team on the radio and the driver reciprocated the same.
The team praised the phenomenal display of the star driver, to which Hamilton replied by commending their work, as well as complimenting the fans for their constant support.
The 32-year-old was then informed that Mercedes have confirmed their Constructors’ Championship for the fourth season in a row, amassing 575 points in 17 races, 147 points ahead of Ferrari.
Being aware of the outcome, the former champion continued with his word of admiration for their hard work in the garage and admitted to being proud to be a part of it.
The team radio echoed: “Thank You Lewis, mate. Another great drive today and you do seem to like it here.”
You can hear the conversation in the video further down this article.
Speaking during the post-race interview, BBC Sport quoted Hamilton saying: “I feel amazing. Look at this crowd. These guys have been amazing. Since 2012 the crowd has been growing year on year. I think this track is now my favourite track.
“A big congratulations to the team. They work so hard back at the factory and here.
“I feel great. It is a dream job. Many people would love to drive an F1 car and I can tell you it is the best experience in the world.”
F1 returns next weekend in Mexico, where we could have a new champion for the 2017 campaign, making it a fourth successive championship double for Mercedes.