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Mercedes AMG Petronas Racing: the marvelous story of reigning constructor's champions

Dev Tyagi
Modified 21 Oct 2015
Mercedes 2015 World Champions F1
Mercedes took the constructors’ championship at the Japanese Grand Prix

The double impact of constructor's champions Mercedes

Clearly the most successful team at the moment in the tectonic and highly competitive world of Formula One racing is the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team. No matter what driver you are and which team you are racing for, it is nothing short of clinching an ultimate glory to defeat a Mercedes car in an F1 race.

And this isn't the first time this has happened.

In 2014, just a year back where Mercedes picked up their first constructor's championship signaling an end to Infinity Red Bull Renault's era of domination, they have literally owned the Formula One World Championship.

Clipping Red Bull's wings

In 2014, the inaugural year of the introduction of the hybrid engines that signalled the end of the era of the powerful V8s, it really has been Mercedes' era; an era that has left other teams competing mostly for second or third place glories. Mercedes have produced a car that is both spectacular in its speed and handling but most importantly effective in all racing conditions, whether dry or wet.

It is 2015 now and there are only 4 races to go, but the constructors crown has already found the stable and princely head of the Brackley-based outfit.

In what has again been a season of unparalleled Mercedes domination, they have left their rivals – the closest being Ferrari and Williams – with very little to celebrate.

Clearly the car to beat


With a superior car and unquestionably two of the finest drivers on the grid at the moment, England's Lewis Hamilton and Germany's Nico Rosberg, Mercedes remain the team to beat in a fest of titanic battles.

Mercedes' current engine, the fantastic PU 106 Hybrid, is clearly several notches above those of Ferrari, Williams and Red Bull. In an era where hybrid engines were rumored to make for lesser compelling race results, Mercedes have downed the hopes and expectations of their cynics, roaring with thunderous triumph thanks to the massively successful engine that has powered many victories snatched by the dynamic Hamilton-Rosberg pair.

Incessant domination - a 2014 repeat

From dominating in Bahrain at Sakhir under extremely hot conditions, they have literally owned the racing fests at the Victorian charms of Melbourne at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, the topsy-turvy challenge of Hungaroring (Hungary), the princely circuit of Monte Carlo (Monaco), the spectacular Spa-Francorchamps at Belgium, the Czarist circuit of Sochi, the Cathedral of Speed at Monza and the breathtakingly beautiful track at Austria.

But that isn't all.

Mercedes have reigned supreme even at Shanghai, triumphed as the raging bulls at Catalunya at Spain, shown their might at the challenge of Canada, showed their mettle in front of the nobility of home race Silverstone and dominated at the supremely imposing Suzuka in Japan, where Hamilton overtook his idol Ayrton Senna's tally of race wins.

While only Ferrari have managed to edge out their arch-rivals in an exciting 2015 season that has largely belonged to the English team, others such as Williams, Red Bull Racing, Sauber and Sahara Force India have been completely steamrolled in a competition that Mercedes have made a literal slugfest thanks to a string of superior performances.

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Published 21 Oct 2015, 19:43 IST
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