Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton achieve a historic double for Mercedes

With the 1-2 at the Azerbaijan GP the German team achieved the best start to the season in history for an F.1 team.

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La F1 of 2019 vibrates to the rhythm of the team Mercedes, who showed his might with his fourth consecutive double. This time it was in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with the finnish Valtteri Bottas on the highest step of the podium and the Englishman Lewis Hamilton on the second rung. In this way, the German team achieved the best start to the season in the history of the category.

The Silver Arrows thus improved the start of Williams in 1992, he achieved three doubles in a row with the British Nigel Mansell in front of the italian Riccardo Patrese. The record for doubles in a year is five and is held by Mercedes, who achieved it in 2014; and Ferrari, which did it in 2002.

The German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) finished third ahead of the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari).

“Great job guys! I am very proud to be part of this team. We are performing very well. It was a very tough race, Lewis put me under pressure, but I was under control. "said Bottas, who started from pole.

Thanks to this victory the Nordic returned to first place in the tournament with a single point of advantage over Hamilton. Vettel, who is third in the contest, has 35 points less.

“Valtteri deserved the victory. He has driven very well and made no mistakes. "Hamilton noted at the end of the Grand Prix. "It is the best start to the season our team has ever experienced and I am happy to have participated", Anadio.

After this race, an interesting internal fight between the media Hamilton and the discreet Bottas, who during the winter took off the British companion suit that had been imposed on him, begins to outline.

During his first season with Mercedes in 2017, after four years at Williams, the Finn had his first three victories and four first poles, but never seemed in a position to thrive in the heads-up between his teammate, ultimately champion, and Vettel. .

Last year he did not win any - although he did get two poles - due to bad fortune and a Mercedes strategy favorable to Hamilton from the second part of the season.

On the other hand, the Baku street map once again demonstrated Ferrari's lack of competitiveness. “We have a lot of work in the coming weeks”, Vettel acknowledged. "But the car is good so I'm sure that when we fix our problems we will be competitive again."

Unlike Ferrari in the first three races, Mercedes has let its drivers battle each other, something that predicts new battles in the future.


1 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 51 1:31:52.942
2 44 Lewis  Hamilton MERCEDES 51 +1.524
3 5 Sebastian  Hag FERRARI 51 +11.739
4 33 Max  Verstappen RED BULL 51 +17.493
5 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 51 +69.107
6 11 Sergio Pérez RACING POINT 51 +76.416
7 55 Carlos Sainz MCLAREN 51 +83.826
8 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN 51 +100.268
9 18 Throw Stroll RACING POINT 51 +103.816
10 7 Whom Raikkönen A 50 +1 round.
11 23 Alexander Albon TORO ROSSO 50 +1 round.
12 99 Antonio Giovinazzi A 50 +1 round.
13 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS 50 +1 round.
14 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 50 +1 round.
15 63 George Russell WILLIAMS 49 +2 rounds.
16 88 Robert Kubica WILLIAMS 49 +2 rounds.
NC 10 Pierre Gasly RED BULL 38 DNF
NC 8 Roman Grosjean HAAS 38 DNF
NC 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO 33 DNF
NC 3 Daniel Ricciardo RENAULT 31 DNF

AVERAGE: 199,853 km / h. LAP RECORD: Leclerc, in the 50th, in 1: 43.009 at 209,795 km / h. PILOT CHAMPIONSHIP: 1) Bottas, 87 points; 2) Hamilton, 86; 3) Vettel, 52; 4) Verstappen, 51; 5) Leclerc, 47; 6) Pérez, Gasly and Räikkönen, 13; 9) Norris, 12; 10) Magnussen, 8; 11) Sainz, Ricciardo and Hulkenberg, 6; 14) Stroll, 4; 15) Albon, 3; 16) Kvyat, 1. BUILDERS CUP: 1) Mercedes, 173 points; 2) Ferrari, 99; 3) Red Bull, 64; 4) McLaren, 18; 5) Racing Point, 17; 6) Alfa Romeo, 13; 7) Renault, 12; 8) Haas, 8; 9) Toro Rosso, 4. NEXT DATE: May 12, Spain.

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