Mercedes have made history by becoming the first team ever to win the Constructors' and Drivers' World Championship double for the sixth time in a row.
Since the Turbo-Hybrid era was incepted in 2014, Mercedes have won every single championship on offer, with Lewis Hamilton winning four titles to add to his one with McLaren, and Nico Rosberg claiming the other before sensationally retiring at the end of the 2016 season.
The Brackley-based outfit have been a dominant force and attention will have already turned to their 2020 machine in order to optimise performance, as Hamilton will in no doubt go in search of his seventh World Drivers' Championship to equal Michael Schumacher’s record.
Hamilton will wrap up a sixth title in a fortnight’s time if he outscores teammate Valtteri Bottas by 14 points in Mexico, the same track in which he clinched his fifth title last year.
Mercedes re-entered Formula One in 2010, completing a takeover of the Brawn GP outfit, being led by Toto Wolff and Ross Brawn. The team took a few years to fully ignite their return as a manufacturer racing team in the sport, and all the focus switched to the Hybrid powertrains in 2014.
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Hamilton’s decision to join the Silver Arrows from the then-competitive McLaren team was widely criticised by many fans and pundits, but after achieving yet another championship victory, the decision is fully vindicated.
From 2014 until 2017, Mercedes completely dominated the sport, with Ferrari and Red Bull only able to collect an odd win here and there.
Ferrari have threatened to end the Mercedes dominance in recent seasons, however, and many would argue that they have had the superior machinery over the Silver Arrows, but consistency issues with Sebastian Vettel and power unit issues have held the Prancing Horse back from maintaining a substantial challenge to Mercedes' dominance.
With Ferrari impressing in pre-season, expectations of a tight battle at the front were high, especially after the arrival of Charles Leclerc to challenge Vettel. Mercedes, however, came flying out of the blocks winning the first eight races of the season; Bottas taking two victories to Hamilton's five.
Three Ferrari victories followed the mid-season break, but Mercedes have broken that dominance in the last two races with Hamilton and Bottas once again regaining the top spot on the podium, after a strategy catastrophe for Ferrari in Russia and an error littered start of the race in Japan.
Expectations will be high amongst British fans next season as Hamilton will go in search of a record equalling seventh world title, but early indications are it will be as tough as it has been for Mercedes with the ever-growing emergence of Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s reignited charge towards the front of the grid.
Vettel seems to have regained the form that bought him four drivers' titles, and Charles Leclerc has impressed in his debut season for the Ferrari team, giving them every hope of beating Mercedes next season.
But for now, the Mercedes team will celebrate an incredible achievement as they continue to make history in the turbo-Hybrid era.News Now - Sport News