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Mercedes restore order at top with Hamilton's win

16 May 2018

With the excitement of the first four races of the 2018 Formula 1 season offered, it would be in Catalunya where the world witnessed the dominant form of Mercedes-AMG get back in action.

"The cool thing about being a world champion is the team naturally listens to what you say because you are not talking gibberish so they go away and focus on those areas, look at the data and try to work on it, it is an wonderful process you do together when it comes back and it works".

Lewis Hamilton is out of contract with Mercedes at the end of the season despite talks of a new deal being ongoing since the end of previous year.

He has had some criticism too, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo - among those most likely to replace him - saying after Bahrain that he would have tried to pass Ferrari's race victor Sebastian Vettel rather than settling for second. I felt that synergy which I hadn't been feeling for the whole year. Hamilton won nine races to Bottas's three in 2017.

Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished second ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen, with Vettel having to settle for fourth after being forced into a second pit stop. It's my 64th but it feels special and unique. Half the job was done in qualifying when Hamilton scored his second pole of the year at a circuit that historically rewards front-row starters.

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"I only said that we are loyal first of all to our drivers".

"And I think we have some ideas, and now it's up to us to turn those ideas into reality". He has some serious records.

But perhaps of greater significance were the changes made by Pirelli to the tyres brought to this race. "The others are going to be hard to beat", he said.

The slow-speed nature of the most famous race on the F1 calendar is one which played into Ferrari's hands last term as Vettel led Kimi Raikkonen home in a one-two finish for the Italian team.

"So that's why I'm only partly celebrating", he added. The team's grid position helped them get a quick getaway from the start, pulling ahead of the Red Bulls and the Ferraris right from the launch.

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The Haas F1 Team has started 2018 with a cracking little auto, as demonstrated by Kevin Magnussen who finished sixth in Barcelona.

Hamilton managed to put a gap of 6.5 seconds between himself and second placed Vettel.

Charles Leclerc of Sauber and Sergio Perez of Force India closed out the top 10. If we're not able to see that, we're more than blind, because we didn't have the pace in the first stint.

"People probably think it was an easy race and I was cruising but I wasn't cruising".

"Of course we do not want to lose him, but I also believe that he doesn't want to go somewhere else".

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Mercedes restore order at top with Hamilton's win