F1 Raceweek: Hamilton primed to extend championship lead?
F1 Raceweek: Hamilton primed to extend championship lead?
Lewis Hamilton wins the 2018 Spanish GP
17 May, 2018, 09:30
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.
"But we know as well that this was a good circuit for us and the temperatures fell in our favour as well". Desperate to stay in contention, Ferrari called Vettel to the pits to try out an undercut pit strategy while Mercedes-AMG reacted by bringing in Valtteri Bottas a few laps later. Since the first race at the Circuit de Catalunya in 1991, 25 out of the 28 races have been won from the front row.
After teams struggled with overheating on the resurfaced Barcelona track in the pre-season, Pirelli supplied a modified spec of rubber for the race event, reducing tread thickness by 0.4mm.
He said "Before I was like, "Maybe I'm just insane and everyone has got quicker and I've got slower". The trouble we have now is that with the modern cars carrying so much downforce, Turn 1 isn't a long braking zone and the only decent braking zone into Turn 10 comes after two corners where it's very hard to follow the vehicle in front.
Vandoorne was ninth in the second McLaren ahead of Jake Dennis, who is making his F1 debut in the Red Bull on Wednesday.
"Normally we make up six places every race, so starting eighth, if we keep up that tendency", he said.
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 vehicle so far this season. One, we were not quick enough and if we are not able to see then we are more than blind.
The four times world champion and Mercedes have been talking about a lucrative new deal since past year, with regular assurances that it is on the point of being signed. "The Red Bulls are really fast in the final sector and it's going to be really hard to beat them".
"I'm looking forward to Monaco".
Behind Vettel and Bottas, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was keeping the error-prone Verstappen at bay, with the Dutchman beyond the DRS range of the Finn.
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"I just need to continue my development, there's never things that you can't learn more".
Ferrari and Red Bull are both hot on their heels and the battle between the 3 teams will be fierce. Kimi Raikkonen took pole previous year. He finished seventh in 2017 after qualifying in a dismal 14th. And Max and Daniel are hungry for their first Monaco wins.
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