This is especially because in Spain, Hamilton set a record of scoring points in thirty consecutive F1 races, something that marks his driver-and-team combination as the single most consistent in the history of Formula One. However, the Finn is anxious that Mercedes' apparent resurgence at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya may prove short-lived.
British driver Jake Dennis also got his first taste of on-track F1 power, the Red Bull sim driver taking over duties from Verstappen and setting the 11th-quickest time. Ferrari had a race to forget as Vettel could only manage fourth following a late-race call to the pits. "This weekend, definitely we got ourselves onto the right path and I think the team just did an exceptional job, managing all aspects and improving in all areas".
"It was feeling good until the end, when I looked up at the tower and my name did not go to the top".
'My job is not to worry so much but preparing by extracting as much as I can from my engineers; to make sure the debrief is good, to reconnect with them later in the week once they have downloaded everything, and see that we have followed through with all the things that I have asked them to do.
"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.
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Sin embargo, algunos medios mexicanos habían afirmado que la cifra ascendía a 400 millones de pesos (unos US$20,4 millones de dólares).
But for a man who can flit so easily between supreme confidence and form-affecting frustration, Hamilton's measured response to a significant victory is the sign of a driver with his focus fully on the long game and a fifth world title. Quoted by the Daily Mail, the German said: "There were three things this weekend". We would then have a true qualifying tyre, which forces a short first stint in the race and, therefore, a two-stop strategy. Secondly, we struggled with the tyres.
"It was a poor weekend for us, we were not quick enough". 'We have seen there are tracks which suit us well and some that we are not flawless at. Outscoring his Ferrari rival by nine more points at the next race in Monaco will give Hamilton such a commanding margin in the championship that he could remain in the lead even if Vettel wins the following race and he fails to finish.
He won at this track in 2017, though, and with Mercedes locking out on the front row, Hamilton can hope for some assistance in keeping Vettel at bay.
Hamilton had also won in Azerbaijan two weeks ago, but that victory came mostly because of incidents involving his closest competitors, including a blown tyre for Bottas, a mistake by Vettel and a crash between Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Verstappen.
The Mercedes team principal revealed that all the details are nearly sorted, but they had to put talks on a back burner to focus on turning their season around after seeing Ferrari and Red Bull Racing be stronger than them in the first four races of the season.