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14 May 2018, 04:25 | Ken Black

Updated mirrors for Vettel’s Ferrari SF71H at Spanish GP

Updated mirrors for Vettel’s Ferrari SF71H at Spanish GP

Lewis Hamilton took six of the nine victories in Europe past year to take a stranglehold on the championship, but although he is pleased with the result in Spain, Wolff said he is not getting overexcited just yet.

"I am feeling really good in the auto at the moment". "A one-two for the team; we've got our Mercedes board with us who have been supporting us from day one, so it's great to have them here and just see that true force within the team".

Hamilton now leads Vettel by 17 points in the title race. "But anyway, I'll take the middle one!"

"This weekend we got ourselves on the right path", Hamilton said. The team did an exceptional job.

"It was very close in qualifying, but very happy", he said. I wouldn't say I had ideal synergy, but nearly.

"There's always a big part of me, if we're one-two, and if I'm second and Lewis wins, big part of me is really happy for us as a team - because that means we are strong as a team and we are getting the results we want". The McLarens ran wide at either of the first two corners, bottling up the midfield runners.

What did Hamilton think the turnaround in form was down to?

"We were going through the tyres quicker than the others, though obviously it looks different and looks wrong". "Testing was quite good".

A good starting position is crucial in Spain as there are not many overtaking opportunities. "I believe it is about having a auto that does what you want, drives like you expect it to drive", he said.

"It was definitely the closest it's been to some of the performances we had previous year".

"Our team have been working hard to understand how it works". "It's just very surreal to think that every now and then I keep coming up against Michael in terms of records". This opposed to Hamilton and Bottas running on the Super Soft tyre.

After the early safety vehicle for a multi-car crash caused by Haas driver Romain Grosjean in Turn Three, Hamilton bolted at the re-start and had a 1.4-second lead at the end of the first racing lap.

The auto was pretty good on the soft tyres, I had a couple of tenths in hand, I knew come Q3 we had something in the pocket which was good. It's too early to say.

"We do after the five races now have a much, much better understanding of the vehicle, of what we need to do to get the auto to be working - but we still have learning to do, improvements to be made".

"We definitely go to Monaco on a high note, but we know that we still have a lot of work to do".

After making his pole position stick into turn one and waiting patiently during a six-lap period under the safety auto, Hamilton rapidly stretched his lead over championship rival Sebastian Vettel, who had overtaken Valtteri Bottas at the start. It appeared as though Mercedes was about to take the position back, with Bottas setting a series of purple sector times - indicating the quickest of the race to that point - on the next two laps, but a tardy stop saw him emerge just behind the four-time world champion.

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