We did it! Four in a row! The perfect opportunity, then, to reflect on some incredible landmarks achieved this season...
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Victory for Lewis and fifth place for Valtteri in Austin was enough for the Silver Arrows to secure a fourth consecutive Formula one World Constructors’ Championship, locking down the title with three rounds still left to run.
Mercedes has joined McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull in being the only F1 teams to have ever won four consecutive Constructors’ Championships - and it’s the first time in history a team has won back-to-back titles across a major rule change.
But it’s not just the title itself that’s provided a watershed moment for the team in 2017. The landmarks started to pile up way back in April...
When Lewis clinched pole position in China, he claimed the 75th P1 grid slot F1 for a Mercedes chassis in F1, on the weekend of the team’s 150th race start too. 11 more have been added to that figure since then.
In Spain, the team snatched its 50th fastest lap thanks to Lewis - a race that also marked the final chapter in an uninterrupted 21-race run of podium finishes (the fourth longest of all time) starting at the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix.
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The team’s dominant performance at the Italian GP gave the Silver Arrows its 150th front row place in F1 and third 1-2 finish of the year - continuing a 100% record of leading every single racing lap of Monza since the beginning of the Hybrid era in 2014 in the process. How cool is that?
Success at Suzuka made history for Mercedes, becoming the first team to reach 10 or more wins in four consecutive seasons - while Mercedes-Benz power reached another major milestone, taking its 150th fastest lap thanks to Valtteri in the sport.
Arguably the most impressive stat for Mercedes-Benz engines is the streak of 172 consecutive races in the points - starting in China 2008. It’s the second longest run in F1 history and is still going strong, although there’s quite a gap to the outright record (Ford, 228 races).
So far this year, Mercedes engines have scored the most wins (11), pole positions (13), fastest laps (9) and podiums (23) of any manufacturer. It’s also racked up the most laps raced (5,681) and laps led (646) of any engine manufacturer this season so far.
Despite incredibly tough competition, the Silver Arrows have taken the most wins (11), pole positions (13), fastest laps (8), podiums (22) and laps led (646) of any team so far in 2017.
While there’s plenty to celebrate after the events of Austin, the job isn’t done just yet, with the team now fully focused on ending the season with both World Championships under its belt...
Lewis Hamilton spent the first half of the season trailing his Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel in the Drivers’ standings, but since the Belgian Grand Prix, there’s been a remarkable turnaround.
He turned a seven point deficit into a 66-point lead by the time the F1 circus departed Austin, having moved into the top spot in the standings for the first time three races earlier in Italy.
A surprise victory in Singapore extended his lead from three to 28 points, with the runner-up spot in Malaysia helping him boost his advantage to 34 points. Victory in Japan upped that to 59 points, and P1 in the USA has now left him with a 66-point cushion heading to Mexico.
The Brit’s first victory of the season in China made 2017 his 11th consecutive season with a Grand Prix victory, putting him second on the all-time list. In fact, he’s won at least one round in every single season he’s raced in, and is the only driver to achieve that feat!
Under the bright floodlights in Bahrain, Lewis’s second place moved him ahead of the great Alain Prost in the all-time podium finishes list. He’s since upped his tally to 116.
At the Canadian Grand Prix, Lewis matched his hero Ayrton Senna’s number of pole positions with 65 and went on to overtake Michael Schumacher as the all-time record holder at the Italian Grand Prix later in the season.
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The Belgian Grand Prix marked a very special race for Lewis, his 200th Grand Prix. Amazingly, he won it, which is something only three other drivers (Schumacher, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg) have done!
Lewis achieved an incredible milestone in Japan, securing his first pole position at Suzuka - meaning he has qualified on pole at every circuit that features on the current F1 calendar (and a fair few more that don’t, too!)
That crucial pole position at Suzuka also brought Lewis level on front row starts with Schumacher at the very top of the all-time list with 116 - surpassing the great seven-time World Champion with his 117th in Austin.
There are still three rounds left to go, but Lewis has scored the most wins (9), pole positions (11), fastest laps (7), podiums (12), laps led (511) and laps raced (999) of any driver this season.
Safe to say, it’s been a pretty successful year for Lewis so far. But there’s still one thing left on his list: the Drivers’ Championship...
Joining a new team is never easy, but Valtteri has kept cool, calm and collected, and enjoyed a strong first season with the Silver Arrows so far. It’s been a big year for the Finn, ticking off some incredibly important milestones.
The landmark moments arrived early in the season. At the Bahrain Grand Prix, a brilliant lap of the Sakhir International Circuit gave Valtteri the honour of becoming the 98th driver in F1 history to qualify on pole position.
He followed that up at the Russian Grand Prix by clinching his maiden F1 victory in impressive style, making him the 107th driver to stand on the top step of the F1 podium - joining a pretty exclusive club!
He’s the fifth Finnish driver to win in F1 - the others being Keke Rosberg, Mika Häkkinen, Kimi Räikkönen and Heikki Kovalainen - and the fourth from the Scandinavian country to secure at least one pole position.
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In Azerbaijan, he qualified on the front row for the fifth time in his career, and stormed to his second pole position at the next round in Austria - finishing just 0.042 seconds clear of Vettel’s Ferrari.
Valtteri converted pole at the Red Bull Ring into his second F1 victory, putting in a flying start and holding off Vettel’s charge to become the 74th driver to win more than one F1 race, and the fourth from Finland.
Valtteri’s success at the Red Bull Ring was also his 15th podium appearance in F1. A brief stint at the front in Japan meant he led his 10th F1 race, and fifth in Malaysia was his 60th top 10 finish in F1. He’s reached some impressive milestones this year, and there’s plenty more still to come...