Mercedes AMG F1 head to Baku for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with 130 points and the lead in both Championships – a position nobody expected them to be in.
It’s been a remarkable start to the 2019 Formula One season, but Toto Wolff and the team are not taking it for granted. The pressure is on, the competition is fierce, and Baku is a notoriously challenging weekend.
“Three 1-2s in the first three races represent a fantastic start to the season,” Toto said.
“We were able to maximise our opportunities, although we didn’t always have the fastest car.
“The team has done a very good job and performed strongly in every department, the double-stacked pit stop in Shanghai is just one visible example of many that are happening every week at all levels of the team.
“But we know that we need to keep pushing.”
F1’s annual visit to Baku always produces drama and is a tough track to tackle, with little margin for error on the city streets.
“The next stop will take us to Azerbaijan where we’ve seen some very entertaining races in recent years and I’m sure that this year will be no different,” Toto explained.
“The layout of the track presents unique challenges and it will be interesting to see which team will find the best compromise to deal with the mixture of long straights and slow corners.
“Baku is not purely about performance, though, and staying out of trouble is also important for a good result in Azerbaijan.
“Valtteri drove a strong race last year but a puncture denied him a well-deserved victory shortly before the end. He’s had a good start to this season and I’m sure he will be hungry to go for the points he didn’t get last year.
“Unlike last year, Lewis heads to Baku leading the Championship and will undoubtedly be looking to repeat his win from 2018.”