Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Lewis Hamilton calls Spanish GP victory 'a rejuvenating experience'

Sebastian Vettel finished fourth in the Spanish Grand Prix the third consecutive time he had finished off the podium in the 2018 Formula One season Lewis Hamilton insists will to win world championship is greater than ever
Tamara Craig | 16 May, 2018, 15:12

Lewis Hamilton extended his lead in the drivers' World championship to 17 points on Sunday when he roared to an imperious victory as Mercedes scored a one-two at the Spanish Grand Prix.

It also set a record, one that Hamilton had previously shared with seven times champion Michael Schumacher, of 41 wins from pole position. "We had problems finding the right balance of the auto and we were struggling with the front tires".

Hamilton should have kick-started his season with a victory at the opening rubber in Australia before a strategy mix-up by his Mercedes team gifted Vettel the win.

However, Vettel - now trailing race victor Lewis Hamilton by 17 points in the drivers' standings - says rapid tire wear had become an issue for the team and that they had no choice but to bring him in for that costly second stop.

"I've said many times this team is strong and we have a lot of potential, but we also need to make sure we address the problems that we have and work together in the same direction".

He continued, "I was much happier with the auto". "Race by race, we can understand the tyres more, which is a battle for everyone". I think it was the right thing to do. But inside the vehicle, we were going through the tyres too quick and therefore we were not able to stay out for another 23 laps. "Even in the end, with the fresher set I wasn't able to attack until the end", he added.

"Second, I think we struggled a bit over the course of the weekend with the tyres".

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The 33-year-old British driver was in a class of his own as he galloped to a 21-second triumph - lapping the field up to fifth - while his main championship rival, Sebastian Vettel, faltered to only fourth place. They changed but they changed for everyone.

"Today we just didn't have the right pace, Mercedes was faster than us and we hadn't many chances", Vettel said. After Raikkonen's auto suffered from power unit issues in the Free Practice 2 session, the Iceman retired from the race from what seemed to be a similar issue. McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne also retired because of a vehicle failure.

"It felt good. It was the closest I've been to feeling it is all going right, but there are still things that are not quite flawless".

But Mercedes, who pitted some 10 laps earlier than the two Red Bulls, managed their tyres to the finish, while Vettel's hopes were futher dashed by his own slow second stop under the virtual safety vehicle.

It was only revealed post-race that one of the reasons for this huge gap was a spin after the Virtual Safety Car restart on cold tyres. Carlos Sainz Jr (Renault), 8.

Further down the order, Kevin Magnussen put Haas back in the "best of the rest" position after team-mate Romain Grosjean span on the opening lap, and both Spanish heroes finished inside the points.

Lewis Hamilton knows better than to get too carried away with Sunday's victory at the Spanish Grand Prix. Force India's Sergio Perez's scored two points for his team in 9th, while Charles Leclerc continued his momentum from Baku to finish 10th, adding one more point to Sauber's tally.

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