The Spanish GP was the fifth race in a row to see every lap led by a Mercedes. It’s a rare achievement, and it’s worth noting that only on two previous occasions – with McLaren in 1988 and Williams in 1992 – has one team proved utterly dominant. In the case of Williams, that run ended at round six in Monaco, although in 1988 McLaren kept its record up until the eighth race.
However, despite the flying start to the season, Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff remains cautious.
“It’s an honor to be named with those teams and those years,” Wolff told FOX Sports. “I think the odds are good for us at the moment. Nevertheless, you can’t get complacent. You have to put it in the right perspective. We’ve won five races, others have won four championships.”
“He’s a tough guy. He’s going to give it a great push. The championship is very long, and we’ve seen World Champions in the past with three wins, or nearly World Champions with three wins. It’s very early days in the championship.
“We knew [in Spain] that the only chance for Nico to win the race was by offsetting them on the strategy. You could see at the end it was quite tight.”
Wolff says he wasn’t worried about some heated radio messages from Hamilton in Barcelona.
“No, not at all. It’s the intensity of the battle. It’s normal.”