F1 Spanish GP digest: victory is a turning point for Lewis Hamilton

AFP  Saeed Khan

AFP Saeed Khan

"Both Valtteri and Lewis have been on top form and the auto has been reliable and very fast".

Pressure had been building on the Silver Arrows following a tricky start to the season - a miscalculation by the team cost Hamilton dear in Australia and he had to settle for third and fourth-place finishes in Bahrain and China respectively.

However, he has changed his stance and confirmed that despite the team possessing good drivers in Valtteri Bottas - Hamilton's current teammate - and good young drivers in Esteban Ocon and George Russell, they are looking at Ricciardo as a potential candidate. "Let's keep this up".

Hamilton, along with team-mate Valtteri Bottas who will drive for Mercedes on Wednesday, will this week rack up valuable mileage to gather as much information as possible ahead of the Monte Carlo race a week on Sunday.

Hamilton turned on the style to crush his rivals by winning so impressively in Spain on Sunday and extend his championship lead to a healthy 17 points over Sebastian Vettel.

"As much as I am overwhelmed by the victory here, my mind is already on Monaco, and I remember it wasn't a pleasant Sunday night a year ago". "It's a good feeling". It was a race where Mercedes had no answer to Ferrari and Vettel's challenge in 2017, ending a run of four successive Monaco wins for the team.

"I remember like it was yesterday sitting at home playing this computer game as Michael", Hamilton said.

"Obviously we don't want to lose him and I don't think he wants to go anywhere else. It's hard to beat all of these records that he has".

The next F1 race is in Monaco on May 27.

"I think as a team this weekend we've been ideal". But, repeating their Spanish performance in Monaco will be easier said than done for Mercedes and it may yet be too early to hail this as a turning point in their campaign. In the Drivers' Championship, Hamilton now enjoys a substantial lead over second-placed Vettel, with the Briton sitting on 95 points versus the German's 78.

Mercedes opted not to bring Bottas in for new tyres when Vettel pitted under the late Virtual Safety Car, preferring to jump the Ferrari and gain track position, which ultimately paid off in securing second place.

'As much as I am overwhelmed by the victory here, my mind is already on Monaco, and I remember it wasn't a pleasant Sunday night a year ago'.

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has called on the team to be calm in its analysis of the performance and Vettel agrees with that approach. He lost time in the pits and came back onto the track behind Verstappen, and was unable to make up the difference despite the newer tyres. But staying out was not an option today. "I think it will be an interesting race".

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