Mercedes’ remarkable surge up the Grand Prix order began in 2010 when the company established a works unit. Michael Schumacher’s dramatic comeback to the team was the first big story, but Nico Rosberg’s three podiums in their first season and his breakthrough pole/victory double in China in 2012 made headlines for the team as well. The next year, he was teamed with Lewis Hamilton, and the two of them went on to stage some spectacular championship clashes as the Silver Arrows became one of the most powerful powers in contemporary Formula One. And now that Hamilton has the steely Finn Valtteri Bottas as his teammate, Mercedes is still the squad to beat…
Struggle against the most formidable threat to their turbo-hybrid hegemony to date. Although Lewis Hamilton finished second in the standings, he was ultimately beaten for the drivers’ championship by Max Verstappen of Red Bull. However, the team managed to hold on to the constructors’ championship for the eighth year in a row.
Mercedes, and Lewis Hamilton in particular, always seem to find a way to take things to the next level just when you think they can’t. Despite missing a round due to his involvement with Covid-19, the current champion wins 11 races and breaks several records in way to tying Schumacher’s record of seven drivers’ championships. With Valtteri Bottas’s two victories, the Silver Arrows have won another dominating double crown.
Beginning the season with a record-setting five consecutive one-two finishes, and then going on to win ten more games and secure their sixth consecutive championship double. The secret to victory is frequently not raw speed but rather comprehensive collaboration. With Valtteri Bottas’ improved performance, Lewis Hamilton will have to work hard to win his sixth drivers’ championship, placing him dangerously close to Michael Schumacher’s record of seven.