Mercedes driver Bottas fastest in F1 testing in Barcelona

Lewis Hamilton wins the 2018 Spanish GP

F1 gossip: Hamilton, Vettel, Sirotkin, Alonso, Grosjean

So don't write off the rest of the season!

But after using the original specification on day one of the first in-season test of 2018, Vettel acknowledged the correct call had been made. The drivers and teams know the track too well, and the layout of the track with those long-radius medium- and high-speed corners means that it's hard to follow another vehicle. "But as a team it's all a good race", he said.

"I only said that we are loyal first of all to our drivers".

The 2019 F1 aero regulations are meant to help cars follow each other. 'We have seen there are tracks which suit us well and some that we are not ideal at.

"Obviously we don't want to lose him and I don't think he wants to go anywhere else, everything's going fine", said Wolff. Let's wait and see! Wolff indicated earlier that they will look for options within the Mercedes family rather than look at someone like Daniel Ricciardo, who is out of contract with Red Bull. Vettel appeared to have a better pace at times but never got close enough to attempt an overtake on the Dutchman.

Despite feeling unwell in the morning with an upset stomach, Giovinazzi notched up 148 laps by the end of the day - the most of any driver taking part in Wednesday's test.

"In high temperatures it was avoiding blisters, that is the information we have from the weekend".

The tyres created all sorts of headaches for the teams.

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However, even in qualifying, Mercedes and Hamilton were accused of benefitting from a decision by tyre manufacturers Pirelli. There's been no weekends that I've been really way off the pace, like there was a few past year. But on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton was in devastating form.

The team attempted to jump the Ferrari during the first round of pit stops, but that didn't work either. However, Hamilton's pace in that opening stint was absolutely mighty.

If Mercedes' dominance was more like what Formula One fans have gotten used to seeing from the Silver Arrows, then Hamilton's display on Sunday was also right up there with the best the Briton has produced on his way to four world championships.

The Mercedes team principal revealed that all the details are nearly sorted, but they had to put talks on a back burner to focus on turning their season around after seeing Ferrari and Red Bull Racing be stronger than them in the first four races of the season. "I think overall it's definitely been a slight step forward". Max Verstappen bounced back from his slow start to the season by finishing third despite suffering front wing damage.

Charles Leclerc was one of the other stars of the race, backing up his strong performance in Baku.

Despite talk of having something done before the start of the season in March, five races have gone by and there is still no announcement.

Grosjean's spin that caused carnage on Lap 1 was the only bit of excitement of the Grand Prix. In a way, while it was a shame for Nico Hulkenberg and Pierre Gasly, it was lucky that there weren't more cars wiped out in that or drivers injured. Despite winning in Spain after one victory in the opening four grands prix past year, it did not turn out to be the race that kick-started his season. Lewis and Seb have been brilliant there in the past.

Just ask Kimi Raikkonen.

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