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Can Mercedes go one better than McLaren in 1988?

“It’s going to be 1988 all over again, isn’t it?” After seeing Mercedes sweep to not only its fifth consecutive victory but also its fifth-straight one-two finish, the above comment made in the press conference room prior to the drivers’ arrival was made with a feeling of disbelief. In an era where there isn’t just one team running seconds per lap faster than the rest of the field, with reliability levels now so high, and in the third year of a regulation cycle, the idea of a team emulating McLaren’s achievement from 1988 would have seemed fanciful. McLaren won 15 out of the 16 races in 1988 as Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost battled for the drivers’ championship in their...
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