Michael Schumacher in 2004, Mansell in 1992…. the only drivers to start a season with five successive victories and Rosberg could be set to join them.
Last year he won from pole having lost out to Lewis in points, who won three out of four races in 2015. Now Rosberg is sitting much more comfortably 43 points ahead of the three time world champ and is confident with his tail up.
“I’m just enjoying the moment and the form I’m in, doing my best to keep it going and hoping I can carry it through to the end of the season,” said Rosberg.
Lewis is not swayed however having admitted that given the chance, he’ll win: “I’ve known that since day one in testing and, when I’ve had clean air and a damage-free car this season, I’ve shown it on track.”
The Barcelona circuit will almost certainly be part of another record breaking stat as Mercedes will equal McLaren’s run of 11 wins in a row set in 1988 should they take the victory yet again. TJ13 wouldn’t bet against it either, with the Silver Arrows rather boringly winning 36 out of the last 42 races. Consider that while there have been nine different winners in nine years, all but two of the last 15 pole-setters have won, so unless something biblical occurs we tick another record off to the silver powerhouse. In winter testing the team also completed a record 10 GPs distance by the end of the test, nearly 700 laps!