Lewis Hamilton opens up on Ferrari switch after Toto Wolff leak

Lewis Hamilton opens up on Ferrari switch after Toto Wolff leak”

Here's how Hamilton's win unfolded.

Lewis Hamilton roared back to the top of the Formula One world championship with a dominant victory in Spain on Sunday as Mercedes's record start to a season stretched to a fifth successive one-two.

But Hamilton is getting far too accustomed to seeing the back of Bottas' auto. The result inflicted further misery on Ferrari, which saw both of its drivers lose to Red Bull's Max Verstappen in the battle for third on a weekend that was supposed to mark a resurgence for the Italian team as it introduced an engine upgrade.

The Ferraris are struggling for mechanical grip, and therefore they lost time to the Mercedes in the corners of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The clutch was odd - bite and release, bite and release. "It was kind of biting and releasing, really quick frequency". "You try to go out there to do something for someone but it doesn't always work out as it has".

Hamilton told reporters that after being outpaced to pole by Bottas at three consecutive events, he meant to analyse his one-lap performances.

When they had sorted themselves out, Hamilton was in the lead he'd hold for all 66 laps. Vettel's moment left him out of position, and Verstappen was on hand to capitalise, sweeping around the outside of the Ferrari driver with a lovely through move on Turn 3.

"I wanted to brake latest, which I think I did", said Vettel who would eventually finish fourth. I hope he's watching. "If we continue to have a auto that is performing on that level I think there is no reason to go and we would really love him to stay", said Wolff.

"In the end, obviously I did Lewis a favour because I distracted Valtteri".

"I have to put it down to this incredible team", said Hamilton. "I am in a happy place and motivated every single day I do this", he said. "To take P3 in that corner was very crucial as from there on I could do my own pace and strategy, which worked out well".

Vettel was hot off the line in Spain - so hot that he approached Turn 1 three-wide with the front-row-starting Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton. That brought out the safety auto which closed up the field and potentially gave Bottas a second chance at taking the lead.

"It was pretty tight but I lost it at the start, there was some unusual behavior on the clutch - it was like biting, releasing, biting, releasing and I've not felt that before", said Bottas.

"I think we are providing him with a auto that is capable of achieving his objectives". "When I went to McLaren he was part of the decision-making process of whether I got the Formula 1 drive in 2007". I maybe should have tried it one lap earlier.

"I kept it flat thinking it would all be fine. But anyways, that was it".

And restart the race did, after a lengthy safety auto period, the Mercedes-AMG GT bowing out on lap 52. "It's pretty straightforward here, generally, the restart, so that wasn't an issue. I haven't had a fastest lap all year and it was about time".

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