Sebastian Vettel's struggles continue with 4th place at Spanish GP

Lynette Rowe
May 16, 2018

LEWIS HAMILTON claimed his second victory in as many races at Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix to extend his championship lead over Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton won from pole, unchallenged by the rest of the grid.

Hamilton, along with team-mate Valtteri Bottas who will drive for Mercedes on Wednesday, will this week rack up valuable mileage to gather as much information as possible ahead of the Monte Carlo race a week on Sunday.

"It was a rejuvenating experience", Hamilton said. Outscoring his Ferrari rival by nine more points at the next race in Monaco will give Hamilton such a commanding margin in the championship that he could remain in the lead even if Vettel wins the following race and he fails to finish. Not every win feels as great as this one.

"I think it has been a rejuvenating experience", said Hamilton on his victory. "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.

"People probably think it was an easy race and I was cruising but I wasn't cruising". There are a couple of things, as I said.

"As everyone knows, its extremely hard to overtake here and I could always put pressure on him when we needed - but you need such a big gap between the pace to get through".

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

Despite their lack of pace in Spain, where not only were they not able to extract the same speed from their tyres as Mercedes but were also unable to coax them to last as long as the silver cars, the Italian team have had the most versatile auto so far this season.

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"We will savor the result, but our thoughts are already turning to Monaco, to the struggles we had there past year and to how we can make sure not to suffer a repeat", Wolff said.

"Today we just didn't have the right pace, Mercedes was faster than us and we hadn't many chances", Vettel said.

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

"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 past year". We could just as easily go to the next race and struggle getting our tyres working and be nowhere. "Monaco is going be a serious challenge. It's hard to beat all of these records that he has". His teammate Daniel Ricciardo, not to be left out of the highlight package, spun behind the virtual safety vehicle. "They are going to be rapid in Monaco".

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