Mercedes return from USGP with fourth F1 constructors' title
October 25, 2017 at 3:21 PM
Lewis Hamilton's victory and Valtteri Bottas' fifth-place finish during this weekend's US GP in Austin, Texas enabled the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team to return home with their fourth consecutive F1 constructors' championship title.
Hamilton's USGP win, along with Silver Arrows teammate Valtteri Bottas impressive performance at Circuit of The Americas, meant Mercedes gained a total of 35 points, giving them a unassailable 147 point lead over championship rivals Ferrari - with a maximum of only 129 points availabe over the final three Grand Grix weekends. The team's victory is the fourth consecutive year for the F1 constructor, who are based in Brackley and Brixworth.
Mercedes are the fourth manufacturer to win four constructor's titles in a row after McLaren, Red Bull, and Ferrari - who managed six consecutive victories between 1999 and 2004. In total, Mercedes have won 11 out of 2017's seventeen races so far, with an additional elevent podiums scored by the Silver Arrows drivers.
"In years where you are competitive, everything just needs to come together - the right work ethic, the right resource and also the right mindset." said team principal Toto Wolff.
Meanwhile, the 2017 driver's championship battle continues between Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel; the Mercedes driver needing to finish just 16 points clear of Vettel in order to secure the 2017 driver's title in Mexico this weekend. Hamilton currently leads with a 66-point advantage over the German four-time world champion. A championship title win for British Hamilton would see him match Vettel's world championship total.
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