I st the dominance of Mercedes in this one Is the season finally broken? Since Formula 1 has been using V6 turbo hybrid engines, the Silver Arrows have achieved a track record that is unparalleled in Formula 1 history. But the plaster on the shining star is slowly crumbling.
In the past four years, a driver from the Brackley works team has always won one of the first two races of the season. But this series has now been broken. Sebastian Vettel has surprisingly triumphed twice in a row. The man from Heppenheim has never succeeded in doing this since he wore red racing overalls.
Two victories as a title guarantee
Will 2018 finally be the year in which Ferrari's first title will be enough? The numbers speak for the 30-year-old German. Most recently, Alain Prost missed the championship in 1982 after winning twice in a row at the start of the season. Since then, the record has been flawless.
Ayrton Senna (1991), Nigel Mansell (1992), Michael Schumacher (1994, 2000, 2001 & 2004), Damon Hill (1996), Mika Häkkinen (1998) and Nico Rosberg (2016) laid the foundation for winning the World Cup trophy with triumphs in the first two races.
And Vettel himself knows what it feels like to start the season with two wins and then retract the title. In 2011, the then Red Bull driver started the attack on the second championship crown with successes in Australia and Malaysia. The third race in China was won by Lewis Hamilton. And yet Vettel easily became champion again in the end.
No rule without itException
In modern Formula 1, two wins at the start are almost a guarantee for winning the championship. That wasn't always the case, however. Before Alain Prost in 1982, Jacques Laffite (1979), Niki Lauda (1976) and Emerson Fittipaldi (1973) also missed the championship - despite a sparkling clean start to the season.
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