Riding the best team start in Formula One™ history, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport hope to keep up their pace when they visit the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix.
The team has captured 1-2 finishes in each of the first four races of the season, a feat unmatched in the sport’s history.
“Nobody would have predicted four consecutive Mercedes 1-2s after winter testing,” Team Principal Toto Wolff said. “But here we are having scored 173 points in the first four races – a remarkable result which is first and foremost testament of the amazing work of every single member of the team. Our devotion to the task, our hunger for victory and our love of racing are stronger than ever.”
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have split the victories evenly so far in 2019 — Bottas winning the opener in Australia and the most recent event in Azerbaijan, while Hamilton conquered Bahrain and China. The pair is separated by just a single point at the top of the drivers’ standings, the difference being Bottas’ fastest lap Down Under.
“The results seem to paint a relatively clear picture, but the truth is that they’re too flattering,” Wolff said. “The performance has fluctuated in the first four races. We had the fastest car in Australia and China, but we won in Bahrain thanks to our reliability when we were on the back foot in terms of speed. And while our race pace looked good in Azerbaijan, we were never able to build a truly comfortable gap to our rivals. So there is no complacency about our situation because we know that it’s not truly representative of the balance of power this season so far.
“Our next stop takes us to Barcelona, where our opponents were blisteringly quick in winter testing, so the Spanish Grand Prix will be anything but easy. Despite the good start to the season we remain quite skeptical of our own performance and know that there are a number of areas where we can and must improve. We anticipate a tough and competitive weekend, first against our rivals and also between our drivers. Everything is still very much up for grabs this season and we will be keeping our foot firmly to the floor.”
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport have found plenty of success at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya recently as they have been on pole every year since 2013 — locking out the front row five times — and have won four of the past five Spanish Grands Prix. Mercedes’ duo combined for a 1-2 finish last year, Hamilton capturing his second straight win in Barcelona and the third of his career.