Leading the Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships after three rounds, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport heads to the the Azerbaijan Grand Prix looking to continue their run of remarkable results.
“Three 1-2s in the first three races represent a fantastic start to the season,” Team Principal Toto Wolff said. “We were able to maximize our opportunities, although we didn’t always have the fastest car. The team has done a very good job and performed strongly in every department, the double-stacked pit stop in Shanghai is just one visible example of many that are happening every week at all levels of the team. But we know that we need to keep pushing.”
The fourth round of the season will mark the fourth time Formula One™ visits the unpredictable Baku City Circuit.
Mercedes has won twice at the tricky street circuit, with Lewis Hamilton capturing the victory at last year’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix after Nico Rosberg’s win in the inaugural race in Baku, the 2016 European Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas scored a runner-up finish in 2017, meaning Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport have reached the podium in each race in Baku.
“The next stop will take us to Azerbaijan where we’ve seen some very entertaining races in recent years and I’m sure that this year will be no different,” Wolff said. “The layout of the track presents unique challenges and it will be interesting to see which team will find the best compromise to deal with the mixture of long straights and slow corners. Baku is not purely about performance, though, and staying out of trouble is also important for a good result in Azerbaijan.
“Valtteri drove a strong race last year but a puncture denied him a well-deserved victory shortly before the end. He’s had a good start to this season and I’m sure he will be hungry to go for the points he didn’t get last year. Unlike last year, Lewis heads to Baku leading the Championship and will undoubtedly be looking to repeat his win from 2018.”
Hamilton, coming off back-to-back victories in Bahrain and China, leads the driver standings with 68 points, six ahead of his teammate and 29 clear of the next closest rival.