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Dominant Hamilton wins in Spain, Vettel fourth

Dominant Hamilton wins in Spain, Vettel fourth

However they were hooked up in qualifying and then proved to have the race pace to match, concluding with their first one-two this season.

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.

Max may have been lucky to finish inside the top three after his Red Bull made contact with Lance Stroll's Williams on Lap 40, removing a large chunk of his front wing. Vettel who had pitted for fresh mediums during the safety auto, found it hard to match Hamilton's pace at the restart. Since then they have struggled, largely with optimising the tyre temperature operating window but in Barcelona it clicked perfectly, especially for Hamilton who finished 20 seconds up the road from his team-mate.

Asked by Autosport just how important the Barcelona pole was to him in light of his recent form, he said: "We've had one pole, we haven't really had great qualifying sessions after that, so it was important for me to get back into a good position with qualifying, as it is usually a strength of mine. I looked at the tower and I saw my name didn't go up, but we expected Mercedes to be strong so we will see what happens tomorrow", Vettel said.

"I would say you could say a small percentage of it was the track".

"In many ways, this is a weekend in which nothing went right", team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said.

Race organizers said additional security was implemented after several cars were broken into at a closed parking lot for the media at the track.

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Hamilton echoed the optimism coming from Wolff.

He said, "Today I felt a synergy with the vehicle that I hadn't been feeling all year". "This is when we are going to start applying some pressure. I have some catching up to do overall in terms of the points, so I will be aiming to do as well as I can". "We tried our best, but something was missing and we need to improve on this". I'm almost in the groove.

Lewis Hamilton summed up his feelings in a few words after leading team mate Valtteri Bottas to the first Mercedes qualifying one-two of the season on Saturday.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates victory in Barcelona. The next event for the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is the Monaco Grand Prix on May 24-27. While recovering, he failed to realise that there were still cars around him.

Ferrari pitted Vettel early from second, forcing Mercedes to react with Bottas a couple of laps later. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel could manage only fourth after his team took a second pitstop for the German behind the virtual safety vehicle that lost him track position.

Mercedes held firm to their one-stop plan. In China, he couldn't manage more than eighth place after an ill-timed safety auto and a subsequent collision caused by Max Verstappen.

Wolff sympathised with his rivals at the Scuderia.


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