Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Mercedes cautious despite a commanding victory in Spain

Mercedes cautious despite a commanding victory in Spain

LEWIS HAMILTON said his Spanish Grand Prix victory had revitalised him after a hard start to the season, BBC Sport reports.

Mercedes showed dominance throughout the entire weekend of the Spanish Grand Prix, the fifth race of the 2018 Formula 1 season, by placing Lewis Hamilton in first place in every timed session for the weekend.

Hamilton and the rest of Mercedes-AMG made their mark as early as qualifying.

Shovlin added that Bottas losing a place to Vettel at the start did not help Mercedes' cause, with the Barcelona circuit notorious for its limited overtaking opportunities.

"This is more like it", Hamilton said on the team radio.

"The next races are very different tracks, Monaco in particular, and to win there is hard even when you have a great auto". It's my 64th but it feels special and unique.

Nine stars from the current Formula 1 grid will drive in this week's two-day post-race session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with nine teams also devoting time to test drivers - Mercedes are the exception, having chose to use their 2018 race line-up. "We wanted to take care of the racing car.The ink is nearly dry, and when it is, we'll let you know", Wolff said. Hamilton was serene but stressed victory had by no means been a simple task.

"If we don't see those issues then there are no excuses".

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He said "Before I was like, "Maybe I'm just insane and everyone has got quicker and I've got slower". Today was a great reward for everyone's effort".

Despite the upturn, concerns remain at Mercedes as to whether their vehicle is able to put its tyres in the correct temperature operating window.

Pressure had been building on the Silver Arrows following a tricky start to the season - a miscalculation by the team cost Hamilton dear in Australia and he had to settle for third and fourth-place finishes in Bahrain and China respectively.

Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors' picks. "Everything's going fine", Wolff said.

"Why our auto doesn't like to be quick around the corners in Monaco we haven't found yet".

"There's no reason why we shouldn't be racing with each other for a few more years".

The reigning champions went into Sunday's race at the Circuit de Catalunya Barcelona wondering where the ominous speed they had displayed at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix had gone.

"As much as I am overwhelmed by the victory here, my mind is already on Monaco, and I remember it wasn't a pleasant Sunday night a year ago". "Monaco is going be a serious challenge". That stint alone should make Ferrari and Vettel a bit anxious when looking at how they're going to get back in front in this World Championship battle. Daniel Ricciardo, who also had a relatively quiet race, rounded up the top five. That is all downforce.

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