Mercedes may just develop into the second one group in F1 historical past to comb each championships for 5 years in a row. Listed here are extra statistical milestones which may well be reached within the season in advance.
Mercedes can do the ‘quintuple double’
Most effective as soon as in F1 historical past has a staff and one in every of their drivers gained each championships in 5 consecutive seasons: Ferrari and Michael Schumacher, among 2000 and 2004. Mercedes can equivalent it this yr, having gained all 4 constructors titles in view that 2014 and noticed Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
On the other hand they gained’t be capable of fit Ferrari’s feat of profitable six consecutive constructors’ championship till subsequent yr.
Mercedes can fit that feat this yr. Including additional spice to the tale, the group perhaps to prevent them may well be the report holders, as Ferrari have been probably the most critical season-lengthy risk to Mercedes ultimate yr.
Different groups have come as regards to this fulfillment up to now. Pink Bull swept each titles among 2010 and 2013 (Sebastian Vettel gained the drivers’ titles with them) and McLaren did the similar from 1988 to 1991 (Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost took the drivers’ titles of their automobiles).
Any other Mercedes good fortune (or, certainly, a go back to name-profitable glory good fortune for Purple Bull) might make 2018 the tenth consecutive season with no championship for any of 3 of F1’s so much ancient and a success groups: Ferrari, McLaren and Williams.
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Hamilton’s issues streak
Having completed within the most sensible 10 at each and every race ultimate yr and a couple of on the finish of 2016, Hamilton is poised to damage the document for so much consecutive issues finishes. The document is lately held by way of Kimi Raikkonen, who scored issues for 27 races in a row from the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix to the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix.
If Hamilton finishes the primary races within the issues he’ll fit Raikkonen’s document, and yet one more will make him the brand new document issues scorer.
Remaining yr Hamilton set a brand new all-time document for so much pole positions, beating Schumacher’s report. He’s were given so much additional to visit equivalent Schumacher’s document of ninety one wins: Hamilton is recently on sixty two. But when Mercedes stay as aggressive as they have been remaining yr, and Hamilton indicators up for a couple of extra years, his probabilities of taking that document will start to glance critical.
Ericsson’s issues drought
The Sauber motive force hasn’t completed within the issues because the 2015 Italian Grand Prix. If he’s now not within the most sensible 10 at both of the primary races he’ll succeed in an unsatisfied milestone of fifty consecutive no-ratings: Now not a report, however not anything to shout approximately both.
Raikkonen’s unsatisfied podiums
Raikkonen already holds the document for so much consecutive podiums with no win: His remaining 21 podium appearances have all been in 2d or 3rd position.
This can be a streak which definitely can’t pass on for much longer. He’s already prolonged the former longest run, set via Jean Alesi, via 5 races.
Mercedes fourth-very best group (and perhaps 3rd-very best engine)
There’s a robust probability Mercedes will turn into the fourth so much a success F1 workforce of all time in relation to victories.
They want six extra wins to transport in advance of Lotus, who scored eighty one wins in more than a few guises together with of their 2012-thirteen incarnation. As Mercedes have scored no less than two times as many wins as that during each and every of the final 4 years we will be able to be expecting them to get the task performed sooner than the summer time holiday, until one thing has long past badly improper with the W09.
Mercedes may additionally surpass Renault because the 3rd so much a success engine in relation to victories. Renault have 168 wins thus far, plus some other 5 TAG Heuer-branded wins with Pink Bull over the last seconds, giving them a complete of 173. Mercedes have 162, so in the event that they win 12 extra races than Renault/TAG Heuer this yr they’ll transfer in advance.
Will that occur? Final yr Mercedes energy gained 12 races to Renault’s 3 (all TAG Heuer). They want to do higher than that this yr, as they did within the 3 earlier seasons while the scorelines have been 19-2, sixteen-zero and sixteen-three in Mercedes’ favour.
At 21 races, the 2018 F1 calendar equals the longest ever noticed in F1 – there have been additionally 21 races in 2016.
Then again that season took one week longer to finish than this yr’s will. The compression has in part been accomplished through developing F1’s first-ever triple header: The French, Austrian and British Grands Prix can be hung on consecutive weekends.
Alonso doing double responsibility
Fernando Alonso is no doubt going to be F1’s busiest motive force this yr. He’s already raced within the Daytona 24 Hours and lately introduced plans to dovetail his McLaren F1 tasks with a stint at Toyota’s Global Staying power Championship staff.
As F1 Enthusiast said ultimate week he’s taking a look increasingly more most probably to take part in each and every WEC race this yr. That might imply him beginning a complete of 27 best races this yr – no less than one each and every different weekend.
This may additionally provide him the risk to emulate Nico Hulkenberg’s 2015 feat of profitable the Le Mans 24 Hours whilst an lively F1 motive force.
The go back of races in France and Germany way 10 rounds of this yr’s global championship will function no less than one house motive force. They’re:
- Hamilton (Silverstone)
- Vettel, Hulkenberg (Germany)
- Ricciardo (Melbourne)
- Perez (Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez)
- Ocon, Gasly, Grosjean (Paul Ricard)
- Sirotkin (Sochi)
- Walk (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve)
- Sainz, Alonso (Circuit de Catalunya)
- Vandoorne (Spa-Francorchamps)
- Leclerc (Monaco)
Charles Leclerc would be the first Monegasque motive force when you consider that Olivier Beretta in 1994, so Monaco will welcome its first real house motive force for twenty-four years. Beretta completed his one house race in 8th place, which scored no issues then, however may were value 4 these days.
Final yr Hamilton become the 3rd motive force in F1 historical past to attain a ‘grand slam’ at house. The highest applicants for a repeat this yr usually are Vettel and Ricciardo.
The next milestones will have to be reached this yr:
- Bahrain: Vettel’s two hundredth get started
- China: Bottas’s one hundredth get started
- Monaco: Purple Bull’s 250th get started, equalling Jordan’s overall
- Austria: Pressure India’s two hundredth get started (assuming they don’t amendment names), Haas’s fiftieth get started
- Britain: Alonso’s three hundredth get started
- Belgium: Ricciardo and Perez’s one hundred and fiftieth appearances (together with weekends the place they practiced however didn’t race)
- Singapore: Hulkenberg’s one hundred and fiftieth get started
- Russia: Perez’s one hundred and fiftieth get started, Ocon’s fiftieth look
- Abu Dhabi: Ricciardo’s one hundred and fiftieth get started, Ocon’s fiftieth get started
Word additionally that Vettel’s subsequent podium look will probably be his one hundredth. Best Schumacher, Hamilton and Alain Prost have extra.
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