Last year at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Mercedes AMG Petronas took home their record-breaking seventh consecutive Constructors’ Championship title.
A dramatic race saw Lewis Hamilton take his 93rd career win as his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas crossed the line in second, awarding the Brackley-based team an early title with four races to go in the 2020 season.
They had now broken the former record of six consecutive constructors’ championship titles held by Ferrari, taking the milestone one step further.
The German team equalled Ferrari’s record in 2019 at the Japanese Grand Prix while Hamilton became the drivers’ champion for the sixth time in his career at the United States Grand Prix.
After his win at Imola, the 35-year-old equalled another of Michael Schumacher’s records.
Let’s take a look back at Mercedes’ journey to their seventh Constructors’ title:
Mercedes AMG Petronas secured their first Constructors Championship win after a one-two finish at the Russian Grand Prix gave them an unassailable lead in the 2014 championship, on the then brand new Sochi Circuit.
The UK-based team dominated the season and took their first crown with three races to go, while there was no way for the second-place team, Red Bull, to catch them.
That year, Mercedes clinched the title with more points than Ferrari in third, McLaren in fourth, and Williams in fifth, combined, showing the true domination of the silver arrows.
The Russian Grand Prix also marked Lewis Hamilton’s 31st career win, equaling Nigel Mansell’s record for a British driver set in 1994.
In 2015, the Brackley-based team secured their second consecutive Constructors Championship with four races left in the season.
The Russian Grand Prix yet again hosted the win at the Sochi Circuit.
Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix, securing the Constructors’ Championship for Mercedes for the second consecutive year.
The team also broke their 2014 one-two finish record, by securing 12 that season.
2016 saw the battle for the Constructors’ Championship end in Suzuka, with a one-three finish for Mercedes.
That result ensured that they became the fifth team to win three consecutive constructors’ championships, joining Ferrari, McLaren, Williams, and Red Bull at the time.
Mercedes claimed their fourth consecutive championship win at the United States Grand Prix in 2017.
By then Rosberg had left Formula One to spend more time with his family, and Valtteri Bottas made the move from Williams to land the coveted second Mercedes seat.
Meanwhile, Ferrari still held the record with six consecutive wins from 1999 through to 2004.
In the same year, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg celebrated his 23rd career victory which meant the German-Finnish driver now equalled the three-time world champion Nelson Piquet’s number of wins.
Hamilton crossed the line at the US Grand Prix in first, followed by his new Finnish teammate in fifth, and with their combined points, ensured the fourth win for the team with a 150-point lead over Ferrari in second place.
The 2017 season saw the team claim 11 race victories and 11 podium finishes, meaning they were now level with McLaren and Red Bull with 4 straight wins, with their sights closing in on the Ferrari record.
Following a 2018 victory in Brazil, at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Mercedes won the constructors’ award for the fifth time.
The Silver Arrows found themselves just one off the record-holders, Ferrari, at this point, becoming just the second team in Formula One history to win more than four in a row.
In Mexico, two weeks prior to their fifth win, Lewis Hamilton became the third driver in Formula One history to win five Formula One drivers’ titles.
The 2019 Japanese Grand Prix secured their sixth consecutive win, finally equalling Ferrari’s record which was set at the Canadian Grand Prix in 2004.
They also became the first team to have six consecutive double championship wins, as Hamilton secured his fifth driver’s title, while Rosberg had taken the crown in 2016.
In 2020, while Hamilton has already broken a plethora of records this season, the team as a whole stands one above the rest with 7 consecutive constructors’ championship titles under their belt.
Speaking to Paul Di Resta in a post-race interview, Hamilton said, “It was an exhausting race, the speed we were having to go.
“I had a poor start and it’s just very overwhelming right now.
“I look at my crew, this team here, and I know all the guys and girls back at the factory and Brixworth, they are the unsung heroes.
“They are the ones who have grafted away and never given up. Just continued to push and elevate and innovate.”