Hamilton wants to win title with 'perfect' weekends

Hamilton wants to win title with 'perfect' weekends

Sebastian Vettel has diluted the conspiracy theory about why Pirelli's tyres suddenly changed ahead of the Spanish grand prix.

"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".

"This is more like it", said Hamilton on the slowing down lap after crossing the line a mammoth 20 seconds ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas and almost half a minute ahead of fourth-placed Ferrari-rival Vettel.

Though the British driver's current contract set to expire at the end of the 2018 season, Hamilton had said that he is not interest in joining any other team and is committed to extend his stint at Brackley beyond the end of the season.

"Obviously we don't want to lose him and I don't think he wants to go anywhere else".

Another new name on the timing screens was Jake Dennis, with the Red Bull simulator driver getting a full day behind the wheel of the RB14. The British driver got a surprise call up to test the vehicle this week, making a change from his usual Aston Martin GT auto that he races in the Blancpain GT Series.

Now, to talk about the Spanish GP weekend itself, Mercedes looked to be on great form. "It feels like a long time since we had a 1-2 finish, so there's definitely a measure of relief in how we asserted ourselves today", said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

However, even in qualifying, Mercedes and Hamilton were accused of benefitting from a decision by tyre manufacturers Pirelli. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel cleverly took advantage of the slipstream from the Merc in front of him to overtake Bottas in the approach to Turn One. Having just emerged from the pits, Norris was told to stop at Turn 3 as a result of what McLaren described as "a minor setting issue" that was soon reset and only cost the team around 40 minutes of running.

"I'm looking forward to Monaco; hopefully we can take some of the things we've learned onto there".

The Finn, Mercedes teammate to four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton, would have been a victor in Azerbaijan last month but for suffering a puncture three laps from the end while leading. 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.

However, a slow stop saw Vettel rejoin behind Bottas and Verstappen. It was expected to be done before the start of the current campaign, but it has dragged on with the season now five races old.

"We are not far from finalising things". Kimi Raikkonen took pole previous year. It's the jewel in F1's crown, and Ferrari versus Mercedes versus Red Bull should be well and truly on. And Max and Daniel are hungry for their first Monaco wins.