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Mercedes crowned F1 constructors' champs

dpadpa 9/10/2016

Mercedes have been crowned Formula One constructors' title winners for the third year in a row.

Mercedes have wrapped up a third straight constructors' world title as they continue to dominate Formula One racing despite efforts from Red Bull and Ferrari to contain them.

The German carmaker had their own team in the early F1 days, winning drivers' titles from Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954 and 1955, before the constructors' title was introduced.

Mercedes left the sport for 38 years before returning as engine suppliers in 1993, with their teams including McLaren in a successful partnership over almost two decades until 2014.

By then Mercedes had returned as a works team from 2010, with Nico Rosberg and record world champion Michael Schumacher as drivers.

The Anglo-German team based in Brackley struggled the first three seasons and Lewis Hamilton took Schumacher's place from 2013 onwards.

The breakthrough came in 2014 when Mercedes emerged as the strongest team after sweeping rule changes in F1 which included mandatory V6 engines.

Mercedes have won 47 of the 55 races contested since then.

Hamilton claimed the 2014 and 2015 drivers' titles ahead of Rosberg while the German now leads his British rival by 33 points with four races left in the 2016 campaign.

With no serious rival in sight, the main task of the team headed by Austrian Toto Wolff has been keeping Rosberg and Hamilton in check so that their rivalry does not boil over, as it happened in their famous 2014 collision in Belgium.

Reliability has been a problem here and there, with Hamilton finding himself let down by the car several times this season, most notably when his engine blew up while he was leading the Malaysian race on October 2.

New rule changes could shake up the pecking order again in 2017, with the former world champions Red Bull and Ferrari keen to dethrone Mercedes.

But for now Mercedes are celebrating another constructors' crown, with non executive chairman Niki Lauda congratulating the staff in the factories because "they are the people who are behind the title".

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