The past few years have seen Mercedes in utterly dominant form, with the team winning the constructors’ championship for 7 years in a row. In this period, only Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton (6 times) and Nico Rosberg (1 time) have won the drivers’ championship.
For anyone who thought that things are getting pretty mundane in the sport, there’s good news for you.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas believes that this could finally be the season when the Silver Arrows will not start most races as favourites. He believes that Red Bull will very much be the team to beat through the course of the year.
“I think dominating a Grand Prix this year could be difficult seeing the starting point, but you never know. Earlier, we’ve only seen cars on one track,” Bottas said.
“We’ve seen quite big swings in performance, track to track. So, yeah. You never know. But I can’t see anyone really dominating this year.”
Mercedes was definitely not the quickest car on the grid in Bahrain, but it somehow managed to get one over Red Bull in what was one of the most fascinating finishes to a race in recent times.
Eventually, the skill of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton helped the team power through to the finish line, with Max Verstappen hot on his heels throughout the race.
The Bahrain Grand Prix has been a happy hunting ground for Mercedes in the past. In light of this, the team will undoubtedly be worried about just how difficult it was for them throughout the 3 days.
While Mercedes did win in Imola last year, it is a track that should play into the hands of Red Bull. Heading into this race-weekend, the Austrian outfit holds the upper hand.
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen will be keen to extract revenge over Lewis Hamilton and barring any major catastrophe, it could and should be another spectacle. Who do you think will come out on top? Let us know in the comments below!