Lewis Hamilton not getting carried away despite dominant Spanish Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton not getting carried away despite dominant Spanish Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton not getting carried away despite dominant Spanish Grand Prix win

With the exception of the seasonopening Melbourne race, the 33-year-old had so far this season appeared ill at ease in his Mercedes, fighting to impose his will on a capricious auto.

"I have an issue", he said on the radio with his characteristic understatement and matter-offact existentialism, and it was a technical concern that Ferrari could not diagnose. Valtteri Bottas has set the fastest time with Mercedes on the final day of Formula One testing in Barcelona.

Hamilton crossed the finish line over 20 seconds ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, a win which extended his championship lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to 17 points. After that I was really surprised they didn't have the pace to keep up with me.

"Today, the auto and myself, I felt that synergy today, which I hadn't been feeling for the whole year", he said immediately after pulling up in parc ferme. "It's a good feeling".

"I would be careful with predictions", the Austrian told reporters on Sunday night as championship leader Hamilton celebrated his second win in a row and third in Spain. It was Hamilton's 64th career win, leaving him 27 behind Schumacher's record of 91 victories. As I said it was good in terms of timing, coming from a poor weekend for us, we were not quick enough and more than not being quick enough we were struggling to make the tyres last - these things have a link - so it was good to have a possibility to revisit it and now it's up to us to take action.

However, the Grove-based team were still well off the front-runners and Bottas was pleased to have finished top, especially with Mercedes expecting a hard weekend in Monaco in 10 days' time and having seen the Finn's race strategy nearly fall apart last Sunday.


He said "Before I was like, "Maybe I'm just insane and everyone has got quicker and I've got slower".

Wolff indicated earlier that they will look for options within the Mercedes family rather than look at someone like Daniel Ricciardo, who is out of contract with Red Bull.

Charles Leclerc was back behind the wheel of his Sauber on Wednesday and clocked the seventh fastest time ahead of Robert Kubica in the Williams.

In China, the Finn drove the flawless race to lead with just over ten laps remaining, yet a safety vehicle enabled Daniel Ricciardo to steamroll his way through the pack to take yet another potential win away from Bottas.

"We do after the five races now have a much, much better understanding of the vehicle, of what we need to do to get the auto to be working - but we still have learning to do, improvements to be made".

But Vettel struggled with tire wear and Ferrari made a decision to bring him in for an extra stop.

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