Mercedes has clinched its first ever Formula 1 constructors’ championship after Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished first and second in today’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.
The German marque has dominated the sport in 2014, winning thirteen of the sixteen races so far thanks to its superior power unit and car design following the change in the regulations for this season.
No team has come close to challenging the Silver Arrows in regular conditions, with Daniel Ricciardo claiming the remaining three wins for Red Bull at races where Mercedes has hit trouble.
Today in Sochi, the champagne corks could finally be popped as the one-two finish for Hamilton and Rosberg saw the team pull a further 33 points clear of nearest challengers Red Bull in the constructors’ championship. With just three races and 172 points remaining, this means that Mercedes cannot be caught.
Hamilton was quick to congratulate his team over the radio, calling it “history in the making”.
It marks Mercedes’ first ever constructors’ championship in Formula 1. When the German marque last dominated the sport back in the 1950s with Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss behind the wheel, the trophy was not awarded to the best team. It first came into existence in 1958, by which points Mercedes had withdrawn its works team. It would not return until 2010.
This victory marks the first year since 2009 that Red Bull has not won the constructors’ championship, marking the end of an era for the British team.
Mercedes needed just 25 points to make the championship safe, but Hamilton and Rosberg clinched it in style by finishing first and second, bringing home the maximum score of 43 points for the ninth time this season.
This victory will allow the drivers to turn their attention to the drivers’ championship, which took another swing in Hamilton’s favor after Rosberg was forced into making an early pit stop on Sunday. He fought hard to finish second behind Hamilton, but now trails by 17 points after four successive defeats.