Spanish Grand Prix driver ratings

Spanish Grand Prix driver ratings

Spanish Grand Prix driver ratings

In the Drivers' Championship, Hamilton now enjoys a substantial lead over second-placed Vettel, with the Briton sitting on 95 points versus the German's 78. Since then they have struggled, largely with optimising the tyre temperature operating window but in Barcelona it clicked perfectly, especially for Hamilton who finished 20 seconds up the road from his team-mate.

"It is the greatest feeling to come here and have that kind of performance and then win convincingly". The rain threatened to return, with clouds hanging darker than the Catalan tarmac, and with the four race strong streak of safety cars both virtual and real, a monkey wrench looked certain to be thrown into the race's proceedings.

"This is the hardest year that I have faced in the auto, at the track and personally", he revealed.

While his win at the previous race was a product of good fortune, Lewis Hamilton was back to his brilliant best in Spain.

"I got a decent lap", said Bottas, who was leading in Azerbaijan when a tire blew near the end of the race. Usually tyre choice for Q3 is simple: go for the softest compound to get the most grip. "It worked out for Ricciardo and Verstappen in Shanghai and this is probably what they were thinking and I fully understand why they did it".

"We do talk about it and we are not far away from finishing things".

The win is Hamilton's second of the season and one he will believe is fully deserved.

"The best ones are very sensitive and fragile", Wolff said.

With the Ferrari having the edge in pace over the opening races, Hamilton needs to exploit every chance he has to take advantage and extend his lead, and pole is the opening to the weekend he has been craving since Australia.

Most teams brought significant updates to Spain, which marks the beginning of the European season in F1. "We have such a good auto". "We're hoping that this year's Spanish Grand Prix will be a good race for us, but we know that it will be tough".

McLaren, Renault and Red Bull all bolted on major updates in Barcelona - indeed McLaren said this was essentially their proper 2018 race vehicle.

There was no way that Verstappen could have challenged Hamilton for the top position on the podium. On Friday Mercedes also looked like the faster auto over long runs, holding a 0.9s per lap advantage over Ferrari and 0.6s over Red Bull. "They are going to be rapid in Monaco". "This weekend, definitely we got ourselves onto the right path and I think the team just did an exceptional job, managing all aspects and improving in all areas". We had a read what the track was like. Why our auto doesn't like to be quick around the corners in Monaco we haven't found out yet. Sauber's Charles Leclerc once again did well to make it to Q2 and finished in 14th place.

"It's taken a long time to be where I am today and he has some serious records and it's hard to beat a lot of these records that he had".

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