Can Mercedes win all the races this Season?
With Mercedes marking up yet another win on Sunday, as well as getting pole for every race as well so far, is it possible that they could go on to win every race for the rest of the Formula One season?
Fernando Alonso seems to think that Rosberg and Hamilton could be in a position to do just that, “They should be in a position to win all the races probably, so it is going to be tight between them,” Alonso said.
If Mercedes were to achieve this it would be the first time in Formula One history that any one team has won every Grand Prix in one season. Only McLaren have come close to doing this in 1988. When Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost won 15 of the 16 races. They failed to win the last race of that season when Senna crashed whilst he was lapping a backmarker.
To be honest I don’t think Mercedes will win all the races this season based on how good their car is alone. They will also need a huge amount of luck on their side to achieve this. We also need to take into account the well-publicised statement that the team’s principals are going to let the 2 drivers race each other. With both drivers wanting to beat each other there is the real chance that they could make contact when trying to overtake each other.
This happened not so long ago in Turkey in 2010 when the two Red Bulls collided allowing Hamilton and Button to take over the lead and finish in 1st and 2nd respectively.
It could be argued that the Mercedes cars are way ahead of the competition for pace, and even though there was a 49 second gap between the winner Hamilton and Ricciardo on Sunday, Red Bull had narrowed the gap buy nearly half-a-second per lap. This may not seem like a lot, but when you take into account that Ricciardo did lose some time when he got stuck behind Valtteri Bottas, what becomes clear is that the Red Bulls are starting to catch the Mercedes.
Christian Horner had this to say about how the team performed on Sunday,
“If you look at the lasts stints in particular where both Mercedes were pushing flat out and Sebastian and Daniel had a bit of clear air, we’ve definitely moved a bit closer. I’d say it’s currently about six tenths of a second.”
Red Bull made huge gains in Sunday’s race by taking third and fourth, and with Vettel starting from 15th on the grid that is no mean feat. Even Vettel believes that the Red Bull can catch the Mercedes and give them a run for their money as the season progresses.
Renault also believes it is 90% of the way to a complete recovery and they are expecting a big improvement in their engines performance in the Monaco Grand Prix.
As to whether we will see all the races won by Mercedes, at the moment it could seem possible but it is very unlikely. Their cars set up and engines are performing well at the moment, but these can change during the season.
We also have to take into account that teams like Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren are not going to sit back on their haunches and let Mercedes have it all their own way. The other teams are going to be working hard to increase their cars speed and reliability at every opportunity so don’t write the season off just yet as a Mercedes clean sweep.