Look Away McLaren & Ferrari! Mercedes Under Threat of Joining Their F1 Rivals in a Very Unfavorable Category

Published 11/20/2021, 9:11 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race REUTERS/Edgard Garrido


With three races to go in the season, Mercedes could extend their record of most consecutive constructor’s titles with their eighth in a row. They’re currently ahead of Red Bull with 521.5 points to their name.

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So far this season, they’ve found themselves 24 times on the podium. But if they fail to win the championship, they’ll become only the third team in history with that many podiums and nothing to show for it.

The other two teams in that list are McLaren with 25 podiums in 2007 and Ferrari with 24 podiums in 2018. In the former’s case, it was the Spygate that disqualified them from the championship. The latter was beaten by Mercedes, who equaled the Italian team’s long-standing record of five consecutive titles.

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Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas who finished in third position REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti

In 2021, Mercedes’ own record is now under threat by the challenge of Max Verstappen and Red Bull. The Dutchman has a 14 point advantage over Lewis Hamilton while Red Bull are only 11 points behind.

Mercedes see red against the Red Bulls

If Mercedes manage to hold off Red Bull’s challenge, the weekend in Brazil will unquestionably be regarded as the turning point.

In the two races before Interlagos, Lewis Hamilton found himself in a podium sandwich with the two Red Bulls. In Brazil, the Silver Arrows were dealt with setbacks in form of grid penalty, disqualification and big controversy. Normally, these are enough ingredients to bring a driver’s and a team’s morale down, especially when their title rivals are pulling further away.

But not Mercedes.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 14, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

Not only did Lewis Hamilton win the race by outpacing his title rival, but Mercedes also finished with a double podium, which was their first since Zandvoort two months ago.

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It seems Mercedes used that anger and frustration to fuel their motivation. Because, before Brazil, their heads were down and now, they look menacing pace for pace.

The race in Qatar will be crucial for the Silver Arrows. They can take the momentum forward in the last two races of the season.

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As of now, an eighth consecutive title stands between joining the ‘unwanted’ company of McLaren and Ferrari and establishing themselves as the most successful F1 Dynasty.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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