Since the current generation of hybrid Formula One cars was introduced in 2014, Mercedes-Benz has dominated. Winning both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in 2014 and 2015, and fresh off the back from clinching the Formula One World Constructors’ Championship 2016 it looks certain a further double will follow with either Nico Rosberg or Lewis Hamilton taking home the crown this season.
F1 awards both a drivers’ championship and the constructors’ title for teams every year, and while, Mercedes-Benz already has the constructor’s trophy safely back at the teams Brackley headquarters, the season is not over.A win at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka made it mathematically impossible for any other team to challenge Mercedes-Benz for the championship.
The pair of Mercedes-Benz drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are the top two contenders and with Rosberg’s win in Japan, he extended his lead over Hamilton to 33 points, with only 100 points in total to race for in the final four races of the season. Hamilton is a three-time world champion, while Rosberg has never won a championship with second overall being his best to date.
The battle between the two drivers has injected some drama into what has been a straightforward F1 season dominated by Mercedes-Benz.Other manufacturers have struggled to match the power and reliability of the Mercedes-Benz hybrid engines, although the Renault Powered teams of Ferrari and Red Bull have made more of a fight of it than in the last two seasons.The next race is United States of America Grand Prix, set in Texas at the Circuit of the Americas over the 21st – 23rd October.
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