[F1 2019 VIDEO FEATURE] MERCEDES-AMG: SUCCESS MAGNET

Monaco saw another Mercedes win, 5-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilon taking his fourth from six races but an end to the consecutive one-two results, teammate Valtteri Bottas finishing third.

Regardless, five-straight one-twos to start the 2019 season – up to and including Spain – is more than Ferrari has achieved in the last decade; a stat that cements the Silver Arrows’ dominance.

Mercedes’ six wins to start the season also matches its own 2014 record at the dawn of F1’s hybrid era. But, it’s got a long way to beat McLaren’s almost-perfect 1988 campaign that started with 11-straight.

The former British powerhouse team going on to record 15 wins from 16 races, its titanic driver line-up of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost – perhaps F1’s best-ever – dominating the sport with an iron fist… 

And while it’s still too early to consider the chance at a Mercedes perfect season, with all wins from Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, the right mentality is there within the greater Silver Arrows machine.

SOUNDBITE (English) LEWIS HAMILTON,
5-TIME F1 WORLD CHAMPION:
“Every time you come into a new year you set new heights, new targets, so it's pretty much the same thing as previous years in the sense that we're out there to work cohesively and extract absolutely everything from ourselves as a team and the car.”

And it’s that relentless pursuit of perfection that marks the Silver Arrows out as a contender for F1’s greatest-ever constructor.

One that extends through the business, with all staff empowered to push for marginal gains in their own areas and across departments.

SOUNDBITE (English) ANDY COWELL,
MANAGING DIRECTOR, MERCEDES HPP:
“Often, the barriers that we’ve come up against, they’re in our head. And the team of people here are very creative, very ambitious and they push those barriers down, they think forward and they come up with new technology and make good progress.”

It’s a gold standard in people management not seen since Ferrari’s dream team that took the Scuderia to six-straight constructors’ titles, and Michael Schumacher to five drivers’ crowns.

The core squad protected from external pressures by Jean Todt, then the head of Ferrari’s Gestione Sportiva before being promoted to CEO.

… under former president Luca di Montezemolo.

Ferrari’s supreme dominance was finally broken by technical regulations in 2005, which stipulated one set of tyres must be used for qualifying and the race… resetting the rules for tyre supplier Bridgestone.

But for Mercedes, there’s no major change until 2021 at least meaning a grid shuffle at the front is unlikely in the short term.

… with Ferrari unable to provide a consistent challenge, and Red Bull still integrating with new-for-2019 power unit partner Honda.

All of which should mean a lot more records for Mercedes and its 5-time F1 World Champion Hamilton, who continues to strive towards new levels of performance on-track and off… 

… the pressure of qualifying still one of his favourite moments.

SOUNDBITE (English) LEWIS HAMILTON,
5-TIME F1 WORLD CHAMPION:
“You have literally an out lap to prepare, and then that lap. There are 1000 people depending on you to pull something unique out. I love the opportunity to do that. I can't always do it but if I don't do it one time, I'll try again.”

And with the next round at a surefire Hamilton track – in Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – the Brit will be in his element at a track he loves.

…as the Silver Arrows go for seven-straight wins to start 2019.