Mercedes made history last season by becoming the first Formula 1 team to successfully defend the drivers' and constructors' championships across a major change of chassis regulations. Historically, new rules have been introduced to end a period of sustained dominance by one team, but Mercedes was having none of it.
Picking up where it left off in 2016, the Silver Arrows won 12 of the 20 races, started 15 of them from pole position and wrapped up both championships early. In doing so, it moved level with Red Bull into fifth on the all-time constructors' title list with four, three behind the original Lotus team, four adrift of McLaren, five behind Williams and 12 back from Ferrari.
It is the first team to achieve 10 or more wins in four straight seasons and it was only the fourth time in F1 history that a team has managed to win four successive championships - McLaren (1988-1991), Ferrari (2000-04) and Red Bull (2010-13) were the others. But its achievement statistically is the most impressive.