Monday, October 10, 2016

Mercedes AMG Petronas wins F1 2016 Constructor's Title

With 4 races to go, Mercedes AMG Petronas through Nico Rosberg's 9th victory at the Japanese Grand Prix and Lewis Hamilton's 3rd place finish is enough to seal the 2016 Constructor's Championship.

Rosberg converted pole position in a lights-to-flag win, as Red Bull's Max Verstappen fended off a charging Hamilton for the runner-up spot. Rosberg thus moves 33 points clear of Hamilton in the championship standings, with 100 up for grabs over the remaining four flyaway races.

Mercedes also sealed the Constructors' crown for a third successive season, after its celebrations were delayed by Red Bull's 1-2 in Malaysia.

As the lights went out, Rosberg made a clean getaway to hold his lead into the first corner, while Hamilton, alongside him, bogged down and tumbled down the order. That was all Rosberg needs to pull away from the pack while the actions happened behind him.

"There are so many great people in this team that have won the Constructors' title," Toto Wolff explained after the Grand Prix.

"I have the honour of representing them in front of the camera, no more, no less. They were almost faultless through these three years, it's great to work with them."

Wolff also praised the efforts of Rosberg and Hamilton over the years. "Our two drivers are great," Wolff went on to comment.

"They're not only the best in the world, but they also push each other to new levels. If one has a bad day then they are pushed up by the other, because they set the benchmark.

"It has functioned well. I'm really happy, [even] with all the little wobbles."

Wolff also stated that he is desperate for further reliability problems not to come into play over the remaining four races, with Rosberg now 33 points clear of Hamilton.

"[Hamilton] had a great weekend in Malaysia and we let him down," added Wolff.

"He still has every chance to win the title. It's quite a big gap if everything goes right, but we have seen that one DNF and the other guy winning is 25 points, and it is open again.

"We just want to give them equal material and equal cars."

With the Constructor's Championship now sealed, it's all eyes on the drivers now as the battles will heat up in the next 4 races with Rosberg determined to keep the lead and take home his first Formula 1 Driver's Championship.

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