F1 2018: Hamilton takes lights-to-flag Spanish GP win

Mercedes-AMG at the 2018 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

"I mean, we are drivers, not to say that we know everything - we don't know anything about engineering the auto - but we know how the cars feel, how to drive the cars and their limitations to overtake", added the German. "After a weekend like the last one, yes". "We're not engineers but at the end of the day we're the ones that know what's going on in a racing situation". While the Prancing Horse seemed to have a measure of the Silver Arrows in the first few races of the season, Mercedes seems to have caught up and even surpassed the Italian constructor in the last few weeks.

The German team also attracted special attention as it tried out new rear-wing mounted rain lights on behalf of the FIA. But in Spain, the higher track temperatures, combined with the long-radius corners, allowed them to get the tyres into the right window. "We got through a large programme and did 151 laps which is a good sign of reliability".

On to Monaco next, where I've been this weekend driving at the Historic Grand Prix weekend in a Williams that Keke Rosberg won the race in back in 1983. "It is very balanced between him and Lewis at the moment", the Austrian explained. "So we need to keep working hard and believe in our ability to improve things". However, this tactic failed as Valtteri Bottas kept his tyres alive to the chequered flag, completing Mercedes' first one-two of the season. "If we don't see those there are no excuses".

Hamilton pulled away early and was able to comfortably control the pace of the race through to the end, finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of his teammate.

Previously, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has suggested the new, thinner tire tread supplied by Pirelli in Barcelona was a cause of Ferrari's sudden struggles.

Mercedes-AMG at the 2018 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

Wolff is confident that both the driver and the team are committed to each other and is certain they can get it sorted out sooner rather than later, especially since they got back to winning ways at the Circuit de Catalunya.

On the Pirelli auto, Lando Norris ran a low-fuel programme in the morning, while Oliver Turvey ran with a higher fuel set-up in the afternoon. Last night he insisted that drivers had "never really been..."

'As much as I am overwhelmed by the victory here, my mind is already on Monaco, and I remember it wasn't a pleasant Sunday night past year'. And now we want to make them slower again.

"We went through a lot of analysis of the new aero package and did a number of tests to understand it a bit better and get a read on exactly how it's affecting the behaviour of the vehicle". 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. I am very happy, I can not hide that I am very happy!

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