They are the first team in the history of the sport to have won six back to back double championship which comprises of both drivers’ and constructors’ championship, and this feat was achieved in Austin as they won the US Grand Prix with a one-two finish as both their drivers outperformed the class to achieve this goal.
Lewis Hamilton got crowned the drivers’ champion of the world, which is also his sixth career title and fifth with the silver arrows after shifting here from McLaren.
The team had won the constructors’ championship in Japan, where they had another double podium finish, as Valtteri Bottas finished first and Lewis Hamilton finished third, the order was slightly altered in the US where though Bottas clinched another race win Lewis was second on the podium.
This year’s championship challenge was particularly tricky said the team principal and CEO Toto Wolff who admitted that achieving such a feat is an incredible achievement and that they as a team hadn’t even though about it when they first started in formula one in 2011 after taking over the Brawn GP team.
The silver arrows lost a crucial member of their team, the three-time world champion and nontechnical director of Mercedes AMG Petronas formula one team Nikki Lauda who had suffered from a lung failure followed by multiple organ failure before the Monaco Grand Prix.
The team had run a red halo in remembrance of the great Nikki, who was instrumental in signing Lewis Hamilton post Michael’s announcement to retire from the race once and for all.
Their livery still boasts a red star to mark their respect for the world champion who, with his clear vision and directives, helped Mercedes dominate the V6 TurboHybrid era of formula one since 2014.
The silver arrows haven’t lost a single championship since the start of the new engine regulations era in formula one, and everyone is hopeful that Lewis can tip the magic number of 7 that is soo coveted that only one person had ever achieved it.
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