Sebastian Vettel concerned after Barcelona tyre struggle

Lewis Hamilton: Barcelona F1 win a 'rejuvenating experience'

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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.

The four-time world champion said: "We are not far from finalising things".

Hamilton is now standing at the top spot in the drivers' championship, maintaining a lead of just four points over Vettel. "We don't want to lose him and l don't think he wants to go anywhere else". "Honestly before the race we expected one stop was not going to be possible - at least to do the race quickly with one stop". Plus, if we don't have the occasional tiresome race, we won't appreciate the good ones! 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. Silverstone hosted the first grand prix back in 1950, and F1 felt it would be fitting for the Northamptonshire airfield to host next year's landmark race, too, meaning the event would move from its July slot to April.

We've seen the wings get bigger, smaller, wider, higher, lower and a combination of all of these, but the feeling coming out of the F1 technical camp is that this time the changes proposed have been better researched than anytime before.

"There's no reason why we shouldn't be racing with each other for a few more years". 'The bottom line is that we were not quick enough, ' a rather glum Vettel conceded.

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"The next races are very different tracks, Monaco in particular, and to win there is hard even when you have a great vehicle". Secondly, we struggled with the tyres.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are not done just yet. But the German marque struggled previous year in Monaco, with Ferrari sweeping to a one-two finish. These cars, more so maybe at this track, but following is even worse than I can remember before. After that I was really surprised they didn't have the pace to keep up with me. I'm very interested to see what happens in Monaco next time out as they should be in better shape in qualifying.

"Of course they knew it would do because they said it was going to work but when they go away and do their expertise and come back on certain area on the vehicle you'll start to see the benefits from it".

When Romain Grosjean moved from Renault to the then new American team Haas back in 2016 he hoped that the move would act as a stepping stone to joining Ferrari.

Despite talk of having something done before the start of the season in March, five races have gone by and there is still no announcement. Will it be Mercedes or Ferrari or Red Bull?

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