Hamilton wins a relatively ho-hum 2018 Spanish Grand Prix

Hamilton wins a relatively ho-hum 2018 Spanish Grand Prix

Reigning World champion, Lewis Hamilton, stormed to a handsome victory in yesterday's Spanish Grand Prix, leading from pole to dominate at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Running in the seventh position on lap 30 Force India's Esteban Ocon encountered trouble when his pit crew struggled to mount the right rear tire.

'There are a lot of challenging races coming up and Monaco is a serious challenge, ' Hamilton added.

Mercedes have offered an explanation for the delay in signing a fresh contract with Lewis Hamilton by saying both parties wanted to focus on improving the Formula One team's auto.

"I think this year I've been meeting more or less my targets with the performance for the beginning of the year", Bottas said.

"If we don't see those issues then there are no excuses".

The Finn, Mercedes teammate to four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton, would have been a victor in Azerbaijan last month but for suffering a puncture three laps from the end while leading.

"We learned various things on how to work on track like this one", said the German.

The testing allowed Mercedes to further understand Pirelli's tyres and evaluate development parts as they seek to kick on from a below-par start before Azerbaijan and Spain - where Hamilton won both races.

Hamilton wins a relatively ho-hum 2018 Spanish Grand Prix
Hamilton wins a relatively ho-hum 2018 Spanish Grand Prix

Both Hamilton and Wolff said they had concerns that they might not be able to keep up the momentum at the next race in Monaco on 24-27 May, however, where Mercedes struggled past year.

Sebastian Vettel has called on Ferrari to address their problems after their slump in Barcelona.

"Lewis was able to control the race and whilst we could have gone longer on that first stint, the front tyre was quite worn and we chose to stop as a precaution as there was no real threat from behind", he said. "This put Lewis behind [Max] Verstappen but we knew he had to stop so there was no urgency to pass". To get the one-two, it's such a great result for everyone.

"I find it a bit comical", said Vettel.

"We got through a large programme and did 151 laps which is a good sign of reliability".

"In the debrief [with the engineers], I was very particular on what I want them to work on". We have had other priorities in the last few weeks.

Come the race and the first turn was as close as anyone was able to get to challenging the Englishman. Grosjean was branded a "first-lap nutcase" by Mark Webber back in 2012, and was also banned for one race that year after he caused a huge shunt in Belgium. It was expected to be done before the start of the current campaign, but it has dragged on with the season now five races old. Kimi Raikkonen took pole previous year.

It was the first time this season Mercedes finished 1-2, and also the first it locked the front row in qualifying.

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