Mercedes set a new record for F1 dominance in Azerbaijan, with its fourth- straight one-two result to start the season…
… a feat without equal in the sport’s modern era with Ferrari’s run of six- consecutive one-twos in 1952 not including the Indianapolis 500, which was then considered part of the World Championship.
The Scuderia, though, still holds the record for most one-two results, with 83. Its most recent in Hungary 2017, a season that was punctuated by a series of high-profile incidents involving Sebastian Vettel.
… Azerbaijan the low-point, where he bumped Lewis Hamilton.
SOUNDBITE (English) SEBASTIAN VETTEL,
4-TIME F1 WORLD CHAMPION:
“I struggled with that. Then you would probably refer to other races such as Singapore, and Japan. But then you know, Singapore, from my point of view, that's racing.”
Mercedes is second on the all-time list with 48, its Baku result this season putting it one ahead of former F1 powerhouse, McLaren…
The historic British team’s last one-two coming in Canada 2010, Hamilton leading home then-teammate Jenson Button.
Williams is fourth on the all-time list of one-two results with 33, making its current situation difficult to fathom. France 2003 its last, at Magny-Cours, care of Ralf Schumacher and Juan-Pablo Montoya.
At number five, it’s Red Bull Racing with 17 one-two results, the Austrian-owned, British-run team well ahead of its nearest rivals: Lotus, Brabham and Tyrrell. Cooper and BRM closing out the top-10.
But, Red Bull’s last one-two wasn’t taken by Vettel, and former teammate Mark Webber. It was actually Malaysia 2016, Daniel Ricciardo having to defend all the way against a hard-charging Max Verstappen.
SOUNDBITE (English) DANIEL RICCIARDO,
RED BULL RACING 2014-2018:
“Max was close and I don’t think he ever got within the DRS zone but he was like 1.1 seconds or something. So, he was just outside of it. He’s had really good pace all weekend, so I knew he would be strong and he’d be there until the end.”