In qualifying, despite the Ferraris obviously not being 100 percent happy with their tyres, Sebastian Vettel managed to get within a sniff of pole position.
Speaking after his deserved victory at the Spanish Grand Prix, Hamilton told The Times: "I said I wanted to come and win in the way that I won, I was just glad I did it as planned".
"I think as a team this weekend we've been ideal". I felt that synergy which I hadn't been feeling for the whole year. Seemingly at will, the race leader was able to build a gap of eight seconds over Vettel and likely had more pace in hand should he have needed it. Ferrari gambled first with an early pitstop for Vettel on lap 18 and fitting the medium compound tyres.
The result was Ferrari suddenly struggling last weekend in Barcelona, while Lewis Hamilton went on to win and extend his championship lead.
"It will hopefully happen in the near future". The Ferrari driver led the title bid in style two races ago, and slipping back appears to have brought out his kamikaze side. Quoted by the Daily Mail, the German said: "There were three things this weekend". "Honestly before the race we expected one stop was not going to be possible - at least to do the race quickly with one stop". Gasly was one place ahead of fellow F1 regular Vandoorne, who was driving a second McLaren dedicated to testing development tyres on a Pirelli-prescribed run plan. Thirdly, it was a poor weekend in terms of reliability. There are arguments for both sides, of course, but in principle we would all like to see more overtaking. "But the bottom line is that we are not quick enough to win, and that is what needs to be addressed".
Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona was no exception, kicking off with a three-car crash that saw Haas' Romain Grosjean career across the track and take out his rivals.
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are not done just yet.
Hamilton had also won in Azerbaijan two weeks ago, but that victory came mostly because of incidents involving his closest competitors, including a blown tyre for Bottas, a mistake by Vettel and a crash between Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Verstappen.
Although the fast, sweeping Barcelona layout bears little resemblance to the narrow confines of Monaco's streets, the Circuit de Catalunya's final sector does present a chance for teams to get a read on their respective car's slow-speed performance.