Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton cruised to an easy victory in the F1 Spanish Grand Prix as he recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since the 2017 Formula 1 Japanese and USA events.Hamilton did. 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.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won an incident-packed race, with only 14 of the 20 drivers making it past the chequered flag. F1's top drivers are calling for those in charge of the series to start paying attention to what they have to say when it comes to improving the sport.
"I think this year I've been meeting more or less my targets with the performance for the beginning of the year", Bottas, whose future beyond 2018 remains uncertain, told reporters Wednesday. Ferrari is second with 126 points and Red Bull third with 80 points.
Lewis Hamilton says he used his winning drive at the Spanish Grand Prix as a "test bench" as he found his Mercedes to his liking for the first time since Australia and wanted to fully explore the car's potential. We weren't happy with our car's performance and we needed to sort things out. But in Spain, the higher track temperatures, combined with the long-radius corners, allowed them to get the tyres into the right window. There's been no weekends that I've been really way off the pace, like there was a few a year ago. The German driver later stated that he would have been unable to complete the race on his second set of tyres, as a result of his exceptionally early first pit-stop. Meanwhile, Vettel made an early pit-stop on lap 17 in an attempt to prevent Bottas from jumping him in the pits.
In the end, the Ferrari's gamble would not pay off for Sebastian Vettel and likely cost him a podium finish.
"I'm not trying to be amusing, but I genuinely have no idea what they are doing or what they've changed or what they've decided", Ricciardo said. And then understand what I can get more from.
Hamilton, whose Barcelona pole time is three seconds faster than last year's on a resurfaced track, expressed frustration that the 2019 rules will result in cars that are 1.5 seconds slower and "pull us back".
Just before Raikkonen exited the race, a television commentator remarked on how extraordinary it was to see the young (and easily provoked) Max Verstappen not make a single error all weekend.
Grosjean has been handed a three-place grid penalty at the next race in Monaco for his actions on the first lap. "But it's as much as I am overwhelmed with the victory today, my mind is already in Monaco and I remember Sunday night was not as pleasant previous year". Kimi Raikkonen took pole previous year.