Truth be told, five races down it appears that the 2019 Formula 1 season is- with all due respect to those on the grid- a see-saw between Lewis Hamilton and teammate, Valtteri Bottas. Of course, you know why, already- don’t you?
In fact, why restrict our creative fluids to just the above? One reckons whether the die-hard F1 romantic may approve of the following idealogue on the 2019 season:
“Could it be that this is Mercedes’ era where the others merely happen to exit!?”
Well, because it’s that man again who is dominating the headlines and making a move or two in the immediate aftermath of the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix.
The news from Fernando Alonso-land is that Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas, who secured a well-fought second at Spain’s Barcelona track has topped the timesheets during the in-season testing, currently being held at the very same venue.
If that’s not a sign of consistency, then one wonders, what is?
Having begun his 2019 season with a sensational win at Australia, Bottas, who’s been on the podium on every single occasion for his team up until now, would go on to win a fantastic contest at Azerbaijan, a track where last year he did only as much as running over the debris during the final dying stages of the Baku race.
When the stats from the Barcelona test emerged on Wednesday, then it became apparent that the man responsible for setting the most number of “fastest-laps” in 2018 was the one who emerged quickest in the mid-season testing at Spain.
At 1:15:511 seconds, the noted Finnish driver, formerly with Williams before teaming alongside Lewis at the Toto Wolff-led outfit lapped the fastest, thus emerging on the very top of the scoresheets.
But that said, the above time was a bit slower than his Saturday’s qualifying pole time. And that’s not all. Valtteri Bottas also did as many as 131 laps, which is basically equivalent to 2 race-distances.