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Easy win for Hamilton in Spanish Grand Prix

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That news will strike a hammer blow to Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo who is interested in teaming up with Hamilton at Mercedes next term.

Valtteri Bottas secured a one-two for Mercedes at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, while Max Verstappen completed the podium despite finishing the race with a broken front wing on his Red Bull.

"This is more like it", Hamilton said on the team radio.

'We know that it is going to be a hard weekend, but as we have seen this year, you can still take great points from races you do not win'.

Wolff said he was "worried" about Monaco, adding: "We have seen in the last years there were tracks that suited us well and some we weren't ideal".

'My job is not to worry so much but preparing by extracting as much as I can from my engineers; to make sure the debrief is good, to reconnect with them later in the week once they have downloaded everything, and see that we have followed through with all the things that I have asked them to do.

"Today was mostly divided into understanding the tyres more, with the upcoming races in mind, and testing development parts".

"Really?" replied the German, indicating it was news to him. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel cleverly took advantage of the slipstream from the Merc in front of him to overtake Bottas in the approach to Turn One.

The French outfit's programme focused on an array of test items and evaluations aimed at improving performance. With AP Photos.Drivers are getting exhausted of having no voice in Formula One.

"Our mistake was that we could not get the wear out of them that our rivals did, and it's up to us to react and work on it", Vettel added. We have had other priorities in the last few weeks. Their vehicle, while devastatingly quick, only works in a narrow window of conditions.

Shovlin cautiously previewed the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix in a fortnight's time, saying that the principality race can pose problems for the best cars. Vettel started strong, too. After that I was really surprised they didn't have the pace to keep up with me. "One of the exciting things this year has been that we are breaking records". It's my 64th but it feels special and unique.

Tomorrow, Antonio Giovinazzi takes over at the wheel of the SF71H. Nicolas Latifi was the other driver on Pirelli duty, getting his second consecutive day in the Force India as a result. So I think I've learned from those.

While Grosjean was given a three-place grid penalty for causing the first lap shunt his Haas teammate, Magnussen came home in a lonely, but solid, sixth. "I am glad I could help the team with their testing programme and I am looking forward to being back in the simulator with this new knowledge of how the auto behaves on track". Our temperature was up and down, clouds were in the air, but once I got going and got a good start it was great. But on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton was in devastating form.

Testing in northeastern Spain concludes on Wednesday. "We got through a large programme and did 151 laps which is a good sign of reliability".

"I'm looking forward to Monaco".

"We've had a very good day with Lewis without any real issues on the auto", added Andrew Shovlin. "If we don't see those there are no excuses".

"We were assessing our options against Vettel once we saw that we didn't have the pace to pass but when he stopped on the VSC, the best strategy was to run the to end and Valtteri did an incredible job of managing the tyres over 47 laps, the longest stint anyone made during the race". "We've got Valtteri in the vehicle tomorrow and another very busy day planned".

No one will complain if these changes promote overtaking, but there is scepticism through the paddock that they will.

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.

"You are taking a new concept of front wing with only two years to go until a whole new auto". 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. "Coming across the line, I'm happy I did it in the way I planned to". I'm almost in it [the groove], I think.

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