F1 2010s: Top 10 Teams

10. Manor (formerly known as Virgin and Marussia)

Three new teams came in in 2010 and struggled to hit the ground running initially, but the team that survived the longest and had the most success was Marussia, who became the first and only one of those to score points in the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix courtesy of Jules Bianchi, and putting in some of the best underdog performances of the decade.

9. Alfa Romeo (formerly known as Sauber)

The Sauber team, currently known as Alfa Romeo but still operated by Sauber, returned to ownership of the team after 4 years as BMW Sauber. However it wasn’t an easy decade for them, being underfunded and in many years running towards the back, which included scoring no points in 2014, and finishing last in 2017. However they did show signs of strength, scoring multiple podiums in a solid 2012 for them, and scoring many points in 2018 courtesy of Charles Leclerc.

8. Toro Rosso

Toro Rosso rarely set the world alight in terms of car and team performance, only finishing on the podium twice, both in 2019. However as before they were the proving ground for many future Red Bull stars, which included Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

7. Williams

It can be safe to say it hasn’t been an easy decade for one of F1’s most successful teams, towards the start of the decade often being towards the back of the midfield. The new regulations in 2014 briefly saw Williams get back to their old form, but since it has been a downwards trajectory towards finishing last in both 2018 and 2019.

6. McLaren

Likewise for McLaren, things haven’t been plain sailing. They started the decade as championship contenders, but haven’t won a race since 2012. A switch to Honda in 2015 provided hope, but the partnership proved to be a failure and the team endured numerous reliability issues. A switch to Renault power didn’t provide instant success but 2019 showed signs of resurgence and a sign of hope for the 2020s.

5. Racing Point (formerly known as Force India)

Unsurprisingly they are fairly high on this list, as throughout the decade they became known for punching above their weight and putting in some of the best midfield performances seen in F1, despite the lack of funds and even going into administration midway through 2018.

4. Renault (formerly known as Lotus)

They may not have set the world alight since rebuying the team in 2016, but the beginning of the decade saw some impressive performances. Their standout period was undoubtedly the 2012 and 2013 seasons, where with a line-up of Romain Grosjean and the returning Kimi Raikkonen, despite limited funds challenged for podiums and won two races.

3. Ferrari

As always the prancing horse were a regular front runner throughout but it hasn’t been their easiest decade, having not managed to secure either a drivers or a constructors championship, and enduring two winless seasons in 2014 and 2016. However signs suggest once a few issues are sorted they could return to championship winning ways.

2. Red Bull

Perhaps the breakout team of the decade, Red Bull powered their way into the history books in the first four years of the 2010s, where they won both the drivers and the constructors championships four times courtesy of designer Adrian Newey, and Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel. They have still been regular front runners despite initial struggles in the hybrid era, and with a new partnership with Honda and an emerging star in Max Verstappen, the future is bright for them.

1. Mercedes

Having returned as a constructor for the first time since the 1950s, having taken over from the Brawn team who rose from the ashes to win both championships in 2009, the Silver Arrows were responsible for one of the best signings in F1 history, signing Lewis Hamilton, before they mastered the change to turbo hybrids in 2014, and through their skill in engineering and strategy proved the class of the field, winning 6 straight drivers and constructors standings, the first time that has ever been done.

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