But after storming to victory in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, Hamilton insisted his passion for the sport is as strong as ever. His lap would have secured 11th place on Sunday's grid, faster than regular driver Stoffel Vandoorne and 0.3s off Fernando Alonso's best effort on the super-soft in Q3.
Vettel gave away his position when Ferrari chose to go for an extra stop and give the German driver fresher tyres. I'm very interested to see what happens in Monaco next time out as they should be in better shape in qualifying.
"There's definitely some differences", Norris said.
"I think there's been quite mixed races and the end results haven't been really I feel sometimes quite there, that I feel would have been possible with the pace we have", declared Bottas.
"As much as I am overwhelmed by the victory (in Spain), my mind is already in Monaco and I remember Sunday night wasn't as pleasant past year".
"I'm looking forward to Monaco". The issue was notspecified by the team but brought an early end to Magnussen's running.
"It was a rejuvenating experience", Hamilton said.
Jack Aitken made his F1 debut in the Renault RS18 and completed 120 laps over the course of the day.
The four-time world champion and Mercedes have been talking about a lucrative new deal since 2017, with regular assurances that it is on the point of being signed.
Charles Leclerc of Sauber and Sergio Perez of Force India closed out the top 10.
The Finn has been unfortunate to not add to his tally of three career victories achieved in his debut season for the Silver Arrows past year, with three second-placed finishes recorded in the first five races.
"The conclusions are that there will be a lot of things to watch, to analyse and double check", Kubica said. Had he not drawn a blank in Baku, Bottas would be a lot closer to Hamilton than the current 37 points.
"Obviously it looked like from the outside they [Mercedes] had a stronger weekend, without any big issues, but we need to look at ourselves, focus on our vehicle and our problems, so we'll be stronger again".
Pierre Gasly took over from Sean Gelael in the Toro Rosso on Wednesday afternoon, setting a time 1.3s faster than the F2 driver who spent all of Tuesday and Wednesday morning at the wheel. "We had problems finding the right balance of the vehicle and we were struggling with the front tires". 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 vehicle in front.
Market recovering post clarity in Karnataka
The 30-share index was trading lower in the morning by 245.23 points, or 0.69 per cent, at 35,298.71. The Sensex fell 495.61 points or 1.37% from its intra-day high to close the session at 35,543.94.