Lewis Hamilton Wins Spain Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton

AFP GETTYLewis Hamilton gears up for the Spanish Grand Prix

"It's a bit early to say, but I would like to hope it could be part of the turning point", said Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton was back to his imperious best in Barcelona, obliterating the field with a decisive set of fastest laps after the first safety vehicle.

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes will be able to apply pressure to Ferrari on a more consistent basis, such was the level of his performance in the Spanish Grand Prix.

"A 1-2 for the team", Hamilton said. " "I don't think it's only the track", he said".

Mercedes has struggled compared to Ferrari at times this season, with Sebastian Vettel winning the opening two races and taking three consecutive pole positions as the Scuderia had a more consistent vehicle. And this is all the more threatening to rivals because the Circuit de Catalunya is arguably the most representative circuit visited so far this season.

"The next race in Monaco could be hard for us", Bottas said.

"We definitely go to Monaco on a high note, but we know that we still have a lot of work to do". The street circuit demands setups that work well on slow corners, traditionally a strength for Ferrari and Red Bull. Up until this weekend, the SF71H has been kindest on its tyres while also working in the broadest range of temperatures and conditions. Mercedes, meanwhile, were the most obvious beneficiaries.

That will certainly be nice for Ferrari to hear, considering the criticism that followed the decision.

Vettel had pitted when the virtual safety auto was deployed to slow the field, something that had played in his favour at previous races.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium with his trophy after finishing in third place. Lance Stroll (Williams), 12.

Verstappen and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo were promoted to first and third respectively, with Red Bull opting to run their drivers on a longer opening stint.

And Ricciardo's lap record is set to stand for a few seasons as next year's regulations, which mandate a less complex front wing and simpler brake ducts, and a bigger rear wing, are expected to cut 1.5 seconds off lap times. They changed but they changed for everyone, so our ambition has to be we are better rather than worse off.

Kevin Magnussen claimed sixth place to underscore Haas's position as one of the leading contenders in the midfield.

A lack of pace after a promising start to the season.

One of them was Haas driver Romain Grosjean, who spun his auto following the start into Turn 1, collecting Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly, which put all three out of the race with sufficient damage. Fernando Alonso (McLaren) (all one lap); 9.

For the second time in three weeks, the Monaco showed his remarkable ability with a top-10 finish. Although overtaking moves were a rarity on Sunday, Alonso's stood out as particularly fearless and skillful. 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. This was the second time in the last five races that only one Ferrari auto reached the finish line. Then, once I got going and got a good start - after that no-one had the pace to keep up with me and I was pulling away at a second a lap. Sergey Sirotkin, meanwhile, finished 14th and last.

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