Six victories out of six Grands Prix. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas on the podium in all six races. A 118-point advantage in the constructors’ standings. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport have tallied some eye-popping stats to start 2019.
The team’s remarkable pace will be put to the test again at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, where they will aim for their seventh consecutive win to start the campaign.
Hamilton, who has won the last two races and has four victories on the season, is coming off a masterful drive on Monte Carlo’s historic streets where he held off his rivals to keep the Silver Arrows in victory lane.
“Monaco was not an easy weekend for the team,” Team Principal Toto Wolff said. “On the one hand, winning in Monte Carlo is one of the best things a Formula One team can experience — especially if it is such a tight race with a nail-biting finish. On the other hand, the loss of Niki [Lauda] hit us hard. But we think he would have been proud of the performance we delivered in the circumstances.
“The next race takes us to Canada, the only fly-away race within the European season. To a large extent, the challenges of Montreal are opposite to those of Monaco; the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a high-speed track with relatively long straights and lots of overtaking possibilities. Similar to Monaco, however, are the concrete walls that punish any mistakes heavily and a tight qualifying session around this relatively short lap.
“Canada is the seventh race of the season and we are beginning to see more clearly the strengths and weaknesses of our car. In the past six races, we were very strong in the corners but lost time on the straights. This will make Canada a huge challenge for us as the track characteristics could favor our opponents — there are many long straights, and fewer corners in which to make up lap time. But we’re looking forward to the challenge; we’ve seen some great races in Canada in recent years and expect another action-packed weekend in Montreal.”
Hamilton earned his first career F1 win in Canada and has won more than half his Canadian Grand Prix starts, racking up six victories in 11 tries with three straight wins from 2015 through 2017.
Bottas has reached four straight podiums at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, finishing second the past two years.