Lewis Hamilton rejuvenated by Spain F1 victory but wary of Monaco GP

Lewis Hamilton rejuvenated by Spain F1 victory but wary of Monaco GP

Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the Drivers' Championship to 17 points with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix - his third at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya - whilst Valtteri Bottas eased to second place after Sebastian Vettel and Scuderia Ferrari's decision to pit under the Virtual Safety Car failed to have its desired effect.

Sebastian Vettel says he now understands Pirelli's decision to alter the tread depth of tyres for the Spanish GP, having suffered severe blistering when testing the normal compounds on Tuesday at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Pirelli brought in thinner tyres for the GP as they were anxious the heat in Barcelona could cause problems with the thicker variant teams had been using.

"I think it's pretty straightforward", said Vettel.

"I think it's just how you feel towards each other and there is no reason why we shouldn't be racing with each other for a few more years".

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"I'm looking forward to Monaco; hopefully we can take some of the things we've learned onto there". The issue was notspecified by the team but brought an early end to Magnussen's running.

And while not a particular lover of F1 testing duties, Hamilton was pleased to get the extra mileage under his belt ahead of a key phase of the season. "I'm not pushing for that only, it's definitely my target and I'm always trying to deliver the best I can and be as professional as I can be". 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.

Charles Leclerc was back behind the wheel of his Sauber on Wednesday and clocked the seventh fastest time ahead of Robert Kubica in the Williams.

"The conclusions are that there will be a lot of things to watch, to analyse and double check", Kubica said. "It's great to get a lot of points for the team today". However, I do think that by changing the width of the track on the entry to some of the corners, and tweaking the layout a bit, we could create some decent passing places by creating some new lines.

Giovinazzi did not improve on his morning laptime, so ended up 0.068s behind Bottas with his time set on hypersofts and completed more laps than anyone with 148. Secondly, we struggled with the tyres. The trouble we have now is that with the modern cars carrying so much downforce, Turn 1 isn't a long braking zone and the only decent braking zone into Turn 10 comes after two corners where it's very hard to follow the auto in front. Nicolas Latifi was the other driver on Pirelli duty, getting his second consecutive day in the Force India as a result.

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