Who won the 2018 Formula 1 world championship? Lewis Hamilton, most would reply. Not Mercedes. Perhaps Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes, but few would simply say Mercedes.
F1 is, in the public perception, the drivers' championship, with the constructors' championship a secondary prize. That was certainly how many felt when Mercedes wrapped up that title in Brazil last weekend. It was a postscript to Hamilton's title victory in Mexico two weeks earlier.
Yet the constructors' championship is crucial to teams, not only because it dictates how much 'Column 2' cash they get paid out of F1's revenues, and there are bonuses available for winning it, but also because it proves that over a full season, with two cars, you have been the best. It means everything to those working for teams, and so it should.