Mercedes is set to clinch the Formula 1 constructors’ championship at today’s Russian Grand Prix, requiring just 25 points to guarantee the title with three races remaining.
The German team currently sits on 522 points, some 190 ahead of Red Bull in second place (332). With this weekend included, teams can score a possible 215 further points by finishing first and second in each of the remaining four races – remember that Abu Dhabi is worth double the points.
Therefore, if Mercedes scores 25 points – equivalent to a race win or its drivers finishing third and fifth – it will win its first ever F1 constructors’ championship, with the trophy not being awarded when it last raced in F1 back in the 1950s.
Of course, this is calculated assuming that Red Bull can finish the race in first and second place. Given that Daniel Ricciardo will start sixth and Sebastian Vettel will start 10th, it is unlikely that the defending champion team will be able to challenge the frontrunners on Sunday.
Although many expected Mercedes to clinch the title at an earlier date, the success will taste sweet nevertheless after a tenuous season for the team. It will also allow Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton to focus on their bids for the drivers’ championship without the concerns surrounding the team’s own title tilt.
CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP PERMUTATIONS
- If Mercedes scores 25 points in today’s race, it will win the constructors’ title regardless of what Red Bull does.
- Red Bull must outscore Mercedes by 19 points today to keep the championship alive to Austin.
You can watch the Russian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 6:30am ET today.