F1: Mercedes can match another record if it reigns in Spain

Mercedes will match the record consecutive run of first and second place F1 finishes if it pulls off a clean sweep in Spain.

Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas   -  Getty Images

Mercedes was in a league of its own yet again in Baku and will be hoping to inflict more boredom on Sebastian Vettel with a record-equalling one-two at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas took a one-point lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' standings with victory in Azerbaijan on Sunday.

Mercedes is the first team in Formula One history to have first and second-placed drivers in the opening four races of a season.

Vettel described the dominance of the Silver Arrows as "boring" after he finished third to sit 35 points adrift of Bottas.

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And below, we look at some Opta numbers on F1 clean sweeps.

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HIGH FIVE IF MERCEDES REIGNS IN SPAIN

If the Mercedes duo finish ahead of the rest of the field at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, their sequence of consecutive one-twos will move to a joint-record five.

The German team has claimed maximum points in five races in a row twice, first in 2014 and then a run stretching from 2015 to the start of the following campaign.

Ferrari has also achieved the feat twice, becoming the first to do so way back in 1952 and again 17 years ago.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas leading teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Azerbaijan grand prix.   -  Getty Images

 

SURPASSING MCLAREN 

Mercedes' latest exhibition moved it above McLaren on the list of all-time one-twos in F1. It has now pulled off 48 clean sweeps, with Ferrari having a mammoth 83 to its name.  Williams is fourth on the list with 33.


MOST ONE-TWOS IN A SEASON?

While Mercedes is lapping up a perfect start to the season, it is some way from breaking its own record for one-twos in a season.

It achieved that as many as 12 times in 2015, bettering the record of 11 set the previous year.

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