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GP Week : Issue 230
.com weeK Accessible via the GPWeeK APP CLICK on the appropriate provider (right) MANAGING EDITOR Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org EDITOR Mat Coch CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Formula 1: Mike Doodson Paolo Filisetti (F1 Tech Editor) Sean Kelly Social Media: Ernie Black PhOTOGRAPhy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Daniel Kalisz, Mirko Stange, Dirk Klynsmith PUBlIShED By Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom PUBlIShER Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 Mark Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org se Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) email@example.com Almost slipping under the radar in Russia was the fact that Mercedes was crowned constructors champions for the second consecutive season. The German marque was in a commanding position heading into the weekend and the question was not if it would win the teams' title this year but when. Mercedes only wrapped the title up in Russia thanks to the Stewards, who handed down a 30 second penalty to Kimi Raikkonen following his last lap tangle with Valtteri Bottas. Up to that point Ferrari, mathematically at least, remained in with a chance of the crown as Raikkonen had crossed the line fifth. The penalty demoted the Ferrari driver to eighth in the official results and tipped the scales in favour of Mercedes. As a team it has scored 531 points so far in 2015, 302 of them from Lewis Hamilton who could wrap up the driver's title next time out at the Circuit of the Americas. It was a bittersweet day for the team though as while it won the constructors title only one car made the finish as Nico Rosberg retired with a throttle problem. "There are never any simple days in this sport," exclaimed Mercedes' head of Motorsport Toto Wolff. "What a feeling it is to win a second title and a privilege to be part of this team. A world championship isn't just about points on a scoreboard, it's about many hours of hard work and sacrifice from every single member of the team, most of whom are away from the limelight and work with incredible dedication six or seven days a week." "To get the Constructors' Championship feels very special and a great feeling to be a part of this and to have contributed to the team's success," added Lewis Hamilton. "I knew the guys were going to do a good job this year but they've done an even better job this year than last, which is phenomenal." "What an incredible moment for Mercedes-Benz! Congratulations to our team in Brackley and Brixworth who have worked so hard to make this achievement possible, winning a second world championship in a row," said Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz. "After winning in 2014, we raised the bar again to secure this year's title, and we needed to because our rivals gave us plenty of headaches as they stepped up their performance. "We have two exceptional sportsmen at the wheel, Lewis and Nico, and a fantastic team behind the scenes, who have delivered 12 wins in 15 races so far this year. "Their work has made every employee of Mercedes-Benz a world champion and we are very proud of them." 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news mercedes win constructors title