Paddy Lowe says that Mercedes’ achievement of winning an eighth consecutive Constructors’ Championship was massive news that was buried amid the fallout of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to the Drivers’ title in controversial fashion last December.
The Dutchman overtook his rival on the final lap of the race following a Safety Car restart, with the FIA receiving criticism for how it handled the procedure.
Although Mercedes missed out on its first Drivers’ Championship of the turbo-hybrid era, it extended its streak of Constructors’ titles to eight – a run that is unprecedented.
Lowe, who was Mercedes’ Executive Director from 2013 to 2016, says that news of Mercedes’ continued success should’ve been highlighted more in the aftermath of the season.
“They had a fantastic run, so there’s absolutely no reason to feel disappointed by what they’ve achieved – it’s got to stop some time, hasn’t it?” Lowe told PlanetF1.
“And they stopped well beyond anyone else’s high watermark there. So you know, all credit to the team.
“That’s one of the bits I felt a bit upset about from Abu Dhabi last year, was how it was all about the driver and the controversial Drivers’ Championship.
“And the fantastic success of Mercedes in the Constructors’ – it’s just unbelievable to win eight “Constructors’ Championships in a row.
“That far eclipses any single Drivers’ Championship by whether it was Lewis or Max in the one year, an eighth consecutive Constructors’, that should have been massive news and it really got buried, which I thought was really terrible.”
Mercedes went on to endure a difficult 2022 campaign, winning just a single race across the entire campaign.
Red Bull and Max Verstappen dominated the championship, taking both titles by a comfortable margin.