Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton are enjoying the 2019 Formula 1 season.
After seemingly easy wins in the first six races of the Formula 1 season, Mercedes F1 team principal Toto Wolff is downplaying the notion that Mercedes could win every single Grand Prix in 2019.
Mercedes’ winning streak to start the year has come with Lewis Hamilton winning four races and Valtteri Bottas the other two. Through those first half-dozen races, Hamilton has racked up 137 points; Bottas is second with 120; and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel third with just 82.
If things continue on this pace, Hamilton could shut out everyone but Bottas. Wolff, the team boss, expects Bottas to keep impressing in 2019, even though he was disappointed to finish just third in Monaco.
“This year’s Valteri knows that he will recover and arrive in Montreal better than ever,” Wolff said, looking toward the June 9 F1 Canadian Grand Prix.
But as for the idea that Mercedes could win all 21 Grands Prix this year, Wolff played that down.
“No, it’s not realistic to think about that,” he said. “We should stay humble and with both feet on the ground, and I’m not just saying that — it’s really the mentality we have.”
Christian Horner, boss of the Red Bull team, agrees.
“I doubt it,” Horner answered when asked if Mercedes can do the unprecedented clean sweep. “Never say never, but it would be a great achievement. What is certain is that this is a Mercedes championship. They may be very close to maximum points.”
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