Mercedes F1 team principal: 'We're back in business' after Spanish GP win
May 16 2018
Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari has to be honest about the reasons behind its struggles at the Spanish Grand Prix if it wants to stop Mercedes running away with the title.
Hamilton, however, was in cruise control, as he made his one and only trouble-free stop on lap 25.
Hamilton crossed the line 21 seconds clear of Bottas, with Vettel 0.7 sec behind Verstappen.
Vettel put their drop in form down to three things: speed, tyres - referring to the change in tread depth for this specific race - and reliability. But it's unclear what impact the upgrades have had on the competitive order, beyond Ferrari seeming to fall behind Mercedes in qualifying pace and also fall behind Merc and Red Bull on race pace. "I am happy to go back to "normal" tires in Monaco as we seemed to struggle a little bit more than the others".
No one will complain if these changes promote overtaking, but there is scepticism through the paddock that they will. Our ambition needs to be that we're better off rather than worse off.
"It's a bit early to say, but I would like to hope it could be part of the turning point", said Hamilton.
With Vettel some way off Hamilton's pace and Kimi Raikkonen forced into retirement by an engine problem, the biggest challenge to Mercedes threatened to come from Red Bull's decision to adopt a one-stop strategy. This was the second time in the last five races that only one Ferrari vehicle reached the finish line.
Max Verstappen, who ran into Williams' Sergey Sirotkin, took third with a broken left front-end plate for his first podium of the season. If it's cold, like it has been in the coolest days here, it could be hard, but we definitely go there on a high note - and we definitely don't take for granted the fact that we still have a mountain to climb. A small mistake after the lap 1 safety auto compromised the early phase of the grand prix, but even with an offset strategy Red Bull couldn't unlock the true potential of the vehicle to challenge Mercedes, which is a disappointment considering Ricciardo recorded the fastest lap of the grand prix - proving that the RB14 does have intrinsic race pace. All three cars suffered heavy damage and the race was immediately brought under the control of the safety vehicle. Kevin Magnussen (Haas), 7. His finish helped Haas jump up to 6th place with 19 points, one ahead of Force India. Carlos Sainz finished seventh in his Renault, with Fernando Alonso taking eighth.
Vettel said he remained upbeat heading into the Monaco Grand Prix in two weeks.