The 2021 season has been full of ups and downs. A dramatic title-deciding race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix decided the constructor’s as well as the driver’s championship. Red Bull‘s Max Verstappen took home the driver’s title, while Mercedes had to settle for the constructor’s.
The last time such a scenario played out was back in the 2008 season, when Hamilton was in McLaren and took home his first title, while Ferrari had to settle for constructors.
Red Bull and Mercedes achieve something that hasn’t been done since 2008
2008 was a dramatic season as well, as the race when down at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Title contender, Felipe Massa won his home race, but Hamilton finished fifth giving him enough points to take home his maiden F1 title, while the Italian team had to settle for the constructors.
This season also saw the race go down to the last wire, Verstappen just had to finish ahead of Hamilton to claim the title, which he did by coming first at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With Sergio Perez out of the race, Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas got enough points for the Silver Arrows to continue winning the constructors.
There have been different constructor’s and driver’s championships in F1
Many would assume that the 08′ season was the first time Formula One witnessed two different winners. However, it has happened in the past as well.
In 1999, Mikka Hakkinen won the driver’s championship, but Ferrari won the constructor’s courtesy of Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine. 1994, Schumacher won his first title with Benetton, while Williams took home the teams’ championship.
In 1986, France’s Alain Prost took home the driver’s championship, while Williams had to settle for the constructors. 83′ saw Nelson Piquet win the driver’s championship, while the Maranello-based team took home the constructor’s. In 1982, it was Keke Rosberg who won the driver’s, while Ferrari had to settle for the constructor’s championship.
James Hunt won the driver’s title in 1976, while Ferrari took home the constructor’s. In 1973 Jack Stewart won the driver’s while Lotus won the constructors.
In 1958, Mike Hawthorn won the driver’s championship in a Ferrari. While the teams’ championship was won by Vanwall courtesy of Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks.