Should Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton manage to win the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix, it would make him a four-time winner at Spain. And truth be told, given the dismissive form Hamilton can often seem in, picture his past triumphs here in 2017 and 2018, it won’t really be a surprise if he emerges on the top step at the podium here at Barcelona.
In fact, the 2018 world champion, someone who’s now targetting a sixth world championship crown is sitting on the cusp of a massive new achievement.
Lewis Hamilton beat the likes of both Ferraris and Red Bulls fair and square in the last two editions of a destination that’s ever so implicit in the life and journey of Formula 1, season upon season. His doggedness here in Fernando Alonso-land is a testimony to his consistency, something he’s demonstrated in various circuits such as Monza, Silverstone, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and Spa-Francorchamps.
So one wonders, what record is Lewis Hamilton on the verge of breaking should he win the 2019 edition of the Spanish Grand Prix?
Well, while the qualifying is still some hours away from us, it can be said that one can engage in constructive conjecture at present. And should Lewis emerge on top of the 66-lap contest, then he would create a hat-trick of consecutive wins here at Spain, something that no other driver on the current grid has ever managed here in Europe. And if that is to indeed transpire, the five-time world champion will take his collective tally of wins at Spain to 4. Not a bad feet by any stretch of the imagination- right?
But here’s a case in point.
While there are no two ways about the fact that it is Michael Schumacher who happens to be the ultimate warrior at Spain, having won here on 6 separate occasions, the most for any given driver in Formula 1, of the current lot- there’s only Lewis who’s behind the great German legend.
What is impressive about this feat is the very fact that some of Lewis Hamilton’s closest competitors, also presently fighting in the year happen to be the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. In fact, Ferrari driver, Sebastian Vettel has only won twice at Spain, both at Valencia, in 2010 and 2011 editions. This would be during the halcyon days at Red Bull.
But coming back to where the ticking time-bomb rests, it could well be Lewis Hamilton at the end of the day, unless and until he’s beaten by an in-form teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who, currently seems to be on a hot streak as seen so far. That said, the five red lights are out and away we go! Go Lewis!