The great champions of motorsport

Car racing is exciting, competitions where the technological mastery and the talent of a pilot must be perfectly combined to win, in general we all want tests where victory is fought side by side, but sometimes teams appear that literally crush each other. their opponents.

The most recent case takes place in Formula 1, where the Mercedes team added its seventh consecutive World Constructors’ Championship last weekend, surpassing the Ferrari mark, which added six between 1999 and 2004.

Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas have combined to give Mercedes 104 victories in the 211 Grands Prix it has contested from Bahrain 2010 to Imola 2020 and 222 podiums (adding several in which its two drivers have finished in the top three places ).

However, this is not the first time that the world of motorsport has experienced such an impressive hegemony as that of the German team, beginning in the distant sixties with the Italian motorcycle rider Giacomo Agostini, the top champion of this specialty with seven consecutive crowns of the stellar 500cc category (of what we now know as Moto GP) between 1966 and 1972, but in addition to 68 to 72, he was also monarch of the 350cc category, that is, he was the absolute monarch of the series, a feat that no one in motorsport has been able to match.

A decade later, Porsche also dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans with an iron fist, also reaching the magical number 7 for their consecutive wins in the queen of endurance racing.

Between 1981 and 1987 the 936, the 956 and the 962C were unrivaled on the French track, creating the legend of the German firm at Le Mans, that romance that so far has given them 19 absolute victories.

Audi is another brand that shone at Le Mans in recent years, scoring 13 wins in 15 years. In 2003 they did not participate and in 2010 Peugeot managed to beat them, to become another great dynasty in motorsports.

But if we are looking for the maximum dominator of his specialty, we have to go to the Dakar Rally, where the Austrian motorcycle brand KTM obtained 18 consecutive victories between 2001 and 2019, leading riders like Marc Coma, Cyril Despres, Nani Roma and Toby to glory. Price.

Only between Coma and Despres they added 10 (five each) and just at the beginning of this year Honda broke that winning streak.

The Dakar has also seen important streaks in the car category, but none like the one that Mitsubishi had between 2001 and 2007, which with its Pajero (Montero for Mexico), obtained seven victories in a row, also a record very difficult to match in the toughest rally-raid in the world.

On the drivers side, we all believe that Michael Schumacher’s five consecutive crowns in Formula 1 is the most important streak, but between 2003 and 2012 no one could snatch the title in the World Rally Championship (WRC) from Sébastien Loeb.

The Frenchman and his Citroën have the longest streak in motorsport history with 9 world titles in a row.

Behind him we find the British SuperBike World Championship rider, Jonathan Rea, who has won seven consecutive titles in the category with Kawazaki, the most recent he signed this year.

Schumacher remains the top consecutive winner in F1 with five, a mark that could be matched in 2021 by Lewis Hamilton.

In the United States, NASCAR also recently experienced unusual dominance from Jimmie Johnson, who captured five Cup Series championships from 2006 to 2010, a record that neither class legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt achieved.

Sometimes perfect combinations are created and these motorsport legends that transcend time appear.