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Mercedes’ F1 achievements are every bit as remarkable as Lewis Hamilton’s | Giles Richards

The British driver should wrap up his fourth F1 title in Mexico on Sunday and in doing so would extend his team’s incredible winning streak

Should Lewis Hamilton secure his fourth Formula One world championship in Mexico this weekend it will be, without question, a remarkable achievement. He needs to finish only fifth or better to do so and if he does, with one more title than Sir Jackie Stewart, he will become the most successful British racing driver. On form, driving better than ever on every level, even greater glories are within his grasp. The plaudits will be his but Hamilton has been correctly forthright that it has been a team effort.

The 32-year-old joined Mercedes in 2013, a move that surprised the F1 paddock. He had been with McLaren since he was a teenager and had won his first title with them in 2008, and they were a proven quantity. Mercedes had won only one race since rejoining the sport in 2010 and looked to be far from championship contenders. Hamilton was partly persuaded by the promise for the future offered by Ross Brawn, the team principal at the time, and it proved to be the right choice. Within three years he had two further titles. Yet what the team have delivered since Hamilton signed has been every bit as remarkable as the British driver’s achievements.

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