The 'inefficient' Mercedes, for the best streak ever

With seven victories, they point to the best initial streak in the history of F1 achieved by McLaren in 1988. The keys: car, drivers and team.

Simplifying, it might seem that to win Mercedes it would be enough to arrive before them at the checkered flag, but the Canadian GP confirmed that even that theory is not true. The W10 developed at Brackley are on track to become the most dominant cars in the history of F1 and have already overcome the initial streak that they signed themselves in 2014, the first year hybrid. Seven wins in the seven races of the 2019 season and dangerously close to the 11 consecutive that McLaren Honda achieved in 1988 with Senna and Prost at the wheel. Do Hamilton and Bottas have the most devastating car in their hands? Few would have guessed it after a pre-season full of problems in their garage.

From the first week of testing to the second they completely changed the design of the vehicle. They live in this single-seater grid with a more efficient concept, which reinforces the speed in straight , compared to others that generate more downforce and yield at top speed to win in step by curve. And although it may seem otherwise, because it usually boasts of horses and kilometers per hour, in the current F1 there are more tenths of benefit in the vertices. That explains that Ferrari, with the most powerful engine in both the race and a lap, does not has been able to never find the pace in long runs that have their rivals.

From seven great prizes, a third of the season, Mercedes has been the clear reference in four: Australia, China, Spain and Monaco. The other three events, Bahrain, Baku and Montreal, have a common denominator: the straight lines. Azerbaijan has the longest in the calendar and both Sakhir and Canada are 'rear train' circuits, which are more influenced by the power and traction than good aerodynamic support of the 'front train', as would be the case in Shanghai. Pirelli tires, , also influence this year, they are four millimeters thicker and it is more complicated to bring them to the ideal operating temperature, although Mercedes works them perfectly. As for the races to come, what can you expect? Paul Ricard, within a week and a half in France, is an intermediate case with slow curves and several long straights. Austria is perhaps the best option for Ferrari to try again an assault because Silverstone is Hamilton territory and its high speed turns will make the W10 very strong. If not, perhaps there is no choice but to wait for Monza, or a mistake of Lewis and Valtteri that seems unlikely.

Although no all the problems of Binotto and company are in the car: the greatest strength of Mercedes is its excellence in all areas: car, pilots and weekend run. If Ferrari would have asserted its superiority in Montreal by achieving a front row grid with Leclerc, Hamilton would not have harassed Vettel until he caused an error. Just like if 'Seb' had not failed in Bahrain, an SF90 would have achieved victory after the Monegasque's failure. That is why the podium in Canada throws a key to the future in races where Maranello does not have superiority, but it is close by: two drivers in red and one in silver can play clumsiness and demand in strategies. If they manage to neutralize Bottas, at least they will play with majorities. But if Mercedes once again imposes the doublet dictatorship ... the McLaren record should be prepared.

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