(Motorsport-Total.com) – Lewis Hamilton was eleven times in the Formula 1 season 2019 at the top of the podium. With that he equalized his personal best from the years 2014 and 2018. In addition, he took second and third places on the podium six times, with which he got that in 21 Only missed races four times.
No wonder the Mercedes -Pilot in the end had a whopping 87 point lead over his next World Cup pursuer and team-mate Valtteri Bottas. But the competition doesn't sleep. With Max Verstappen in the Red Bull and Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari, two other opponents and groups were often involved in the fight for the podium.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff therefore believes that the time of the permanent victories is over : “We have always taken the view that if we leave the rules alone, the convergence of benefits would occur – at least there is a high probability that the convergence will take place”, the Austrian analyzes.
And That is exactly what happened: “It can be said that there are three groups that are today able to win races and probably championships if things go together.” In addition to Mercedes, this also includes Ferrari and Red Bull.
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For the future, Wolff sees another opponent coming up: “McLaren has caught up massively, probably put down the steepest performance curve of all groups and will soon get even closer to my opinion Overall, I rate this as a much tougher season, “sums up the Mercedes team boss – even if the big point advantage does not necessarily reflect that at first glance.
In the coming season, he expects A closer fight: “I don't think we will see ten or twelve race wins per group of workers for next year. But of course we will try everything to optimize our weaknesses and continue to work well,” Wolff continues to fight .