The team have won more consecutive Formula 1 constructors’ championships than the seven in a row Mercedes, won last year thanks to the world title from Lewis Hamilton.
That race can be extended to eight if the Anglo-German marque can defeat Red Bull on Sunday and meet their biggest challenge of a generation of total domination.
Since the start of the V6 Turbo era in 2014, Mercedes has won all drivers ‘and constructors’ titles, with Hamilton winning six crowns and Nico Rosberg the 2016 trophy.
No team has surpassed the Mercs’ 83 points in this race and four years have ended with margins between 250 and 300 points, highlighting the incredible work Red Bull has done to bring this championship to the final race. .
Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will not only be the scene of Max Verstappen’s duel with Hamilton for the drivers ‘title, with a pair tied on points, it will also be the constructors’ first battle to advance to the final. race since 2008.
Mercedes head into the weekend 28 points ahead of Red Bull, which means the permutations are pretty extensive for both Brackley and Milton Keynes teams.
If the Mercs score 17 points or more, they’ll win the Constructors’ Championship even if Verstappen and Sergio Perez score a brace with the fastest lap.
Therefore, if Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas finish second or higher, the tag team title goes to them. Alternatively, they can complete the job by completing at least a third and an eighth, a fourth and a seventh, or a fifth and a sixth.
Even if the two Mercedes cars don’t finish, a race victory combined with a ninth and fastest lap will be needed for Red Bull to snatch first place. If the scores finish at the level, Red Bull will claim the title on the countdown by owning more race wins during the season.
Full ranking of F1 2021 constructors:
1. Mercedes – 587.5 points