For decades to come, people will remember the way the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team grabbed the V6 turbo hybrid era by the scruff of its neck when the new rules came into force in 2014 and dominated the sport from then on. It’s clear however that, this year, Mercedes’ dominance is facing its stiffest challenge yet and the storm clouds are brewing.
With nine wins to his name, all with Mercedes, along with 60 podium finishes and 17 pole positions, there’s no doubting the F1 skills of Valtteri Bottas. In his eighth and final year of the current technical regulations, the Finn is still chasing his first win of the year. Hunger is a great motivator.