Red Bull-Mercedes Script F1 History Together by Replicating a Feat That Hasn’t Been Achieved in the Last 10 Years

Published 12/14/2021, 7:13 AM EST
Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 5, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during the race Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic


The 2021 season has been full of ups and downs. A dramatic title-deciding race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix decided the constructors’ as well as the drivers’ championship. Red Bull‘s Max Verstappen took home the driver’s title, while Mercedes had to settle for the constructors’.

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The last time such a scenario played out was back in the 2008 season, when Hamilton was in McLaren and took home his first title, while Ferrari had to settle for constructors.

Red Bull and Mercedes achieve something that hasn’t been done since 2008

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2008 was a dramatic season as well, as the title went down to the final race of the season. Title contender Felipe Massa won his home race, but Hamilton finished fifth, giving him enough points to take home his maiden F1 title. The Italian team had to settle for the constructors.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 14, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during the race REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

This season also saw the title race go down to the wire; Verstappen had to finish ahead of Hamilton to claim the title, which he did by coming first at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With Sergio Perez out of the race, Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas got enough points for the Silver Arrows to win the constructors’ title.

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There have been different constructors’ and drivers’ championships in F1

Many would assume that the 08′ season was the first time Formula One witnessed two different winners. However, it has happened in the past as well.

In 1999, Mika Häkkinen won the drivers’ championship, but Ferrari won the constructors’, courtesy of Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine. In 1994, Schumacher won his first title with Benetton, while Williams took home the teams’ championship.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

In 1986, France’s Alain Prost took home the drivers’ championship, while Williams had to settle for the constructors’. 83′ saw Nelson Piquet win the drivers’ championship, while the Maranello-based team took home the constructors’.

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In 1982, it was Keke Rosberg who won the drivers’, while Ferrari had to settle for the constructors’ championship.

James Hunt won the drivers’ title in 1976, while Ferrari took home the constructors’. In 1973 Jack Stewart won the driver’s while Lotus won the constructors.

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In 1958, Mike Hawthorn won the driver’s championship in a Ferrari. While the teams’ championship was won by Vanwall courtesy of Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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