Mercedes-AMG has done it again. During the Japanese Grand Prix last weekend, the German automaker clinched their sixth straight constructors championship, a first in the sport. That feat also makes the team the most successful in the turbo-hybrid era, as well as the top team of the decade in terms of wins and titles.
Bringing Mercedes-AMG to this astounding achievement was Valtteri Bottas, who's win in the Grand Prix help seal the deal. The team also got a big boost with Lewis Hamilton coming in third, further helping his chances in the World Drivers Championship (WDC). With that, Mercedes-AMG has a total of 612 points over Ferrari's 435 points, an insurmountable advantage.
Mercedes-AMG has been absolutely dominant this season, winning the first eight races of 2019. In fact, out of the 17 races so far, they have won 12. While Red Bull Racing and Ferrari have also won this year, it hasn't been as smooth sailing for them.
Max Verstappen has been raking in points for the Austrian outfit, but former team mate Pierre Gasly struggled during the first half of the year. New driver Alex Albon on the other hand has been consistently finishing in the top six. As for Ferrari, strategies have hampered their driver's efforts for the win, and Sebastien Vettel saw his fair share of struggles along the way.
The winning team didn't have it all to themselves either. A particularly disastrous race in Germany was a low point in an otherwise near perfect season. It was followed by Ferrari winning three races in a row but the buck stopped two weeks ago at the Russian Grand Prix.
Now that Mercedes-AMG has clinched the constructors title, the team is still going all-out as two of their drivers are slugging it out for the drivers championship. It is now mathematically impossible for other drivers to clinch it as both Hamilton and Bottas are so far ahead in the points. That said, second place is still up for grabs with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc 53 points behind Bottas at the moment.