Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff insists that the Silver Arrows are not targeting a perfect 21 race wins out of 21 in the 2019 Formula 1 championship, and thinks they will find it tough in the next Grand Prix in Monaco.
It has been an incredible start to the season for Mercedes, who have secured five one-two finishes in a row, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas exchanging a few victories. The five results have equalled the record for a team taking five consecutive first and second places.
They are already 96 points ahead of Ferrari in the constructor’s championship, but Wolff isn’t getting too ahead of himself, and doesn’t think they will win every single GP.
“No. First of all, I think you need to stay humble and keep both feet on the ground,” the Austrian responded when asked if he though Mercedes could win every race.
“We’ve had five fantastic performances now and five one-twos but we don’t take it for granted. “It’s not just saying it, it’s really the mindset that we have.
“The next two weeks are going to be a tremendous challenge for us. We’ve not had the performance in Monaco in the last years.
“Remember how strong [Daniel] Ricciardo was last year in the Red Bull? They were in a league of their own.
“We need to take one step at a time. The next race weekend looks challenging on paper.”
Red Bull boss Christian Horner agrees with his opposite number, saying it is highly unlikely to happen.
“I doubt it: 21 races to achieve 21 victories. Never say never but it’d be a hell of an achievement,” he argued.
“It’s very much a Mercedes Championship. You can see that after five races that they’re three points off of maximum score.”
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