Mercedes' bosses want to see my contract extension: Hamilton

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

By his own usual standards, Lewis Hamilton did not have the best start to the 2018 campaign.

In this picture, Race victor Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain, May 13, 2018.

"Many teams use in-season tests to run experimental parts with an eye on their future cars", it was explained on the official Formula 1 website.

Outscoring his Ferrari rival by nine more points at the next race in Monaco will give Hamilton such a commanding margin in the championship that he could remain in the lead even if Vettel wins the following race and he fails to finish. After that I was really surprised they didn't have the pace to keep up with me.

"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 a year ago". "It's a good feeling".

'Obviously we don't want to lose him and I don't think he wants to go anywhere else. "It's hard to beat all of these records that he has".

In agreement with the FIA, a decision was made to reduce the thickness of the tyres by 0.4mm for the Spanish, French and British Grands Prix in an attempt to avoid a repeat in the races. "This weekend, definitely we got ourselves onto the right path and I think the team just did an exceptional job, managing all aspects and improving in all areas". Probably the key point of tomorrow is the weather, there is some rain around and if that happens I think the race is going to ve very different.

Bottas has had some criticism too, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo - among those most likely to replace him - stating after Bahrain that he would have tried to pass Ferrari's race victor Sebastian Vettel rather than settling for second.

Ricciardo was fifth in Barcelona, ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Haas and the Spanish duo of Carlos Sainz of Renault and Fernando Alonso of McLaren.

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. Vettel is second with 78. Seemingly at will, the race leader was able to build a gap of eight seconds over Vettel and likely had more pace in hand should he have needed it. Ferrari gambled first with an early pitstop for Vettel on lap 18 and fitting the medium compound tyres.

Vettel will kick off proceedings in the Ferrari SF71H just two days after finishing fourth in Spain. He lost time in the pits and came back onto the track behind Verstappen, and was unable to make up the difference despite the newer tyres.