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F1 2018 Spanish Grand Prix: What we learned from the race

F1 2018 Spanish Grand Prix: What we learned from the race”

Lewis Hamilton says he is "nearly in the groove" after claiming a second successive Formula One win at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday. "We had problems finding the right balance of the auto and we were struggling with the front tires".

He added: "The pressure and the passion that I have to win this championship are far greater than I've ever had it". F1's top drivers are calling for those in charge of the series to start paying attention to what they have to say when it comes to improving the sport.

'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'. "Our programme included a series of aero test items with extra instrumentation on the vehicle in the early part of the day, which allowed him to get up to speed with how we operate and with understanding the VJM11". 'We have seen there are tracks which suit us well and some that we are not flawless at.

The four-time world champion and Mercedes have been talking about a lucrative new deal since 2017, with regular assurances that it is on the point of being signed. "But it was good to have the possibility to revisit, and now it's up to us to take action".

The dispute revolves around the new aerodynamic regulations that are due to be brought in for 2019 that would slow the cars by about 1.5 seconds a lap, with drivers saying that they had come as a surprise as they had not been consulted on them.

The testing allowed Mercedes to further understand Pirelli's tyres and evaluate development parts as they seek to kick on from a below-par start before Azerbaijan and Spain - where Hamilton won both races. We would then have a true qualifying tyre, which forces a short first stint in the race and, therefore, a two-stop strategy. The Finn was going steady in fourth place before the first pit stop but he didn't even get to change his tyres as a technical issue forced him to retire his vehicle.

In Spain on Sunday he followed race victor Hamilton in the team's first one-two finish of the campaign, albeit 22 seconds adrift on very worn tyres after a marathon 47 lap stint on a single set. Here in Barcelona, however, the German failed to trouble the top of the order all weekend, and that will be of grave concern to those at Ferrari.

"I find it a bit comical", said Vettel.

"Unfortunately very often there is a meeting and they don't come to the meeting".

"But if we were to look at others, Daniel is definitely among them".

But no sooner did the race get underway than it ended in a shower of carbon fibre.

But the first lap wasn't even over when disaster struck. It was expected to be done before the start of the current campaign, but it has dragged on with the season now five races old. "But it's as much as I am overwhelmed with the victory today, my mind is already in Monaco and I remember Sunday night was not as pleasant a year ago".

Just ask Kimi Raikkonen. The delay in the pits saw Ocon drop from seventh to 14th.



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