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.
“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. .
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.
|POS||No.||PILOT||TEAM||VTAS.||TIME / DIF|
|4||33||Max Verstappen||RED BULL||51||+17.493|
|6||11||Sergio Pérez||RACING POINT||51||+76.416|
|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||26||Daniil Kvyat||TORO ROSSO||33||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.