Mercedes' Hamilton, Bottas finish 1-2 at Spanish Grand Prix


So don't write off the rest of the season!

Vettel, pictured, was the first of the leaders to stop for fresh tyres, but was the only one who needed to stop again, which cost him two places. This was followed by a safety vehicle period.

"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".

"This is more like it", Hamilton said on the team radio.

"I would like to hope that this race could be part of a turning point", said Hamilton.

The 2019 F1 aero regulations are meant to help cars follow each other. Ferrari brought in Vettel for a tyre change.

Mercedes have recently struggled on the street circuit in Monte Carlo and Hamilton predicts that Red Bull will provide strong competition in the principality.

"We've got our Mercedes board with us... so it's great to have them all here and see that true force within the team, strength in depth".

Hamilton has been desperate for a return to form over the single lap and with his Mercedes finally performing as expected and required he managed it superbly.

The tyres created all sorts of headaches for the teams. You saw that it worked out for [Daniel] Ricciardo and Verstappen in Shanghai, I think this is what they were thinking. But Wolff reiterated he has no concerns that Hamilton is preparing to leave Mercedes after winding down his contract just as he did five years ago when he left McLaren to join the Silver Arrows. Ferrari called Vettel into the pits for on lap 18 causing Mercedes to bring in Bottas on the next lap. However, Hamilton's pace in that opening stint was absolutely mighty.

Hamilton suggested earlier in the weekend that Ferrari had been "sandbagging" in practice, and repeated the claim, albeit more jokingly, after his qualifying success, as third-placed Sebastian Vettel fell just 0.132s short of pole on a late soft-tyre run. "We don't want to lose him and l don't think he wants to go anywhere else..."

Lap 56/66 "That's a really good pace Max, keep it up" Red Bull tells Verstappen, who is still holding off Vettel.

"I'm happy that we made better decisions as a team and could get ahead like that". Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are both pretty awesome around street circuits, and Monaco represents one of their best chances to qualify on the front row and battle for victory in a straight fight. Charles Leclerc (Sauber), 11. "You look back and you understand what is missing in the preparation to the race, or this race, or the next races".

Grosjean's spin that caused carnage on Lap 1 was the only bit of excitement of the Grand Prix. "That said, I will sleep like a baby tonight".

Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg were unsighted and could do little to avoid the Frenchman. The Spanish Grand Prix was a reminder that, no matter how much spit and polish F1's new bosses put on the sport, not every race is going to be an incident-packed thriller. It's the jewel in F1's crown, and Ferrari versus Mercedes versus Red Bull should be well and truly on.