By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
AUSTIN, Texas – Mercedes took its fourth consecutive constructors’ title in Formula One after Lewis Hamilton claimed his ninth win of the season in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas.
Hamilton’s victory was accompanied by an undesirable fifth-place effort by teammate Valtteri Bottas. However, the outcome allowed the Brackley-based outfit to better rival Scuderia Ferrari to continue their success at the top of the standings.
Overall, their efforts were accelerated and enabled with recent setbacks by Scuderia Ferrari at Singapore, Malaysia and Japan, in which only one or both cars failed to score points due to either accidents or mechanical issues.
The German manufacturer has won 11 of 17 races thus far in 2017. Since returning to Formula One as a factory team in 2010, they have achieved historic success, by having now joined Scuderia Ferrari (2000-’04), McLaren (1988-’91) and Red Bull (2010-’13) as the only teams to capture four straight titles.