F1: 5 Best Teams of all time
How do you measure greatness in Formula 1 teams? Is it by measuring the numbers of championships they've won? Or their Grand Prix win count? Or the percentage of victories per race?
There's no definitive answer to this question, but there are some methods which are usually agreed upon. The total number of championships, both driver's and constructor's which a team has won over their history, will be used to determine their ranking.
While race wins, podiums, fastest laps and pole positions all matter, the one near-constant in F1 is that there's been two championships to play for. I say near-constant because the constructor's championship has only been a part of the sport since 1958.
The fact that Mercedes are already on this list despite only having competed in 11 of the 69 F1 seasons, is remarkable. At the rate they're going, they could top this list by 2030, that's nothing short of incredible.
The Silver Arrows originally competed in Formula 1 between 1954 and 55, before the Le Mans disaster caused their untimely withdrawal from the sport. The Great Juan Manuel Fangio won his second and third the driver's championship with the German team, one of three drivers to have done so.
The others are, of course, Lewis Hamilton (4) and Nico Rosberg, that pairing also helping to win three constructor's titles too. Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton have continued this trend since Rosberg's retirement at the end of 2016, adding two more constructor's crowns.
They're also the only team to maintain their dominance after a large regulation change, becoming the fastest team in 2014, and keeping that form going after the large-scale changes for 2017.
In total, they have won seven driver's titles, and five constructor's, and that's discounting the two constructor's title that Mercedes would've won if the championship existed in 1954 and '55. If Merc wins the driver's championship in 2019, they'll equal Ferrari's record of six straight titles.