F1 Recap: The Mercedes-Benz Dominance
It’s been an extremely good season so far for the Mercedes-Benz F1 team and it only seems to be getting better.
The debut Grand Prix in Melbourne, Australia, delivered somewhat mixed results for the silver arrows: though driver Lewis Hamilton was forced to retire because of an engine issue, his teammate Nico Rosberg took home the victory.
But since then, five rounds into the season, Mercedes has powered through to a dominant 1-2 finish at every race, including the most recent Spanish Grand Prix. This currently puts them at a total of 197 constructor’s points—far ahead of Red Bull Racing’s 84 points in 2nd place.
Mercedes is so far ahead in terms of engine technology and efficiency that many fans, current drivers, and former drivers alike already believe the team will take home the championship this year. Even if the other teams begin to catch up, which doesn’t look to be likely, there simply won’t be enough races left on the calendar to close the enormous points lead.
This huge advantage has led to an interesting in-team rivalry. Though Mercedes is far ahead of the field at each Grand Prix, its drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are often battling wheel-to-wheel throughout every race. They’re currently leading the driver standings at 100 and 97 points, respectively, and the competition will only get fiercer from here.
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Source: Month – May