Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton delighted with pole position

by Leon Thompson May 14, 2018, 3:17
Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton delighted with pole position

In this picture, Pole position victor Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (R) celebrates with second placed Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton after the qualifying session for the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit in Baku on April 28, 2018.

Ahead of this weekend, Formula 1's sole tyre supplier, Pirelli, reduced the tread of its tyres by 0.4mm - a request that was made to the FIA after Spain's Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya track was resurfaced ahead of this weekend's race.

"I guess I can't really expand too much on it because if we knew it all we could do it, and also we're constantly working on solutions, set-up direction, or getting to the vehicle to optimum set-up on the weekend has been interesting", he said. "We all say we want to have a better sport, a better show, so let's do something".

"The Ferraris have been sandbagging the last two days and then all of a sudden. where did they get all that pace?"

Hamilton leads the championship after inheriting a fortuitous victory in Azerbaijan, but admitted heading into the Spanish GP weekend that he felt he had been "punching below my weight".

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"I think you should ask us what we need to overtake", Vettel added before Hamilton said: "We should make the decisions".

"I'm not trying to be amusing, but I genuinely have no idea what they are doing or what they've changed or what they've decided", Ricciardo said. It was very close but I'm very happy.

Ferrari was Mercedes closest rivals as four-time champion Sebastian Vettel and his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen finished at the third and fourth spot respectively. Going into today we saw that the gaps between the different tyres, with these new tyres and the new surface were very small.

"But it took everything from us to get this result, and to get a one-two in qualifying is fantastic". "We've got a lot of work to do for tomorrow, it'll be a tough race, but it's a good way to start the weekend". Having changed tires during the long runs late on, Perez was approaching Turn 7 when his left-front wheel worked loose, and he stopped on the run to Turn 9. The two title favourites said they would have liked to have been consulted about the "comical" proposals, which are meant to encourage more overtaking. I don't know. It is what it is, it wasn't bad but I think we needed more laps. It is now more challenging and you see us more exhausted after the race. The Soft tires felt pretty good in Q2 so we made a decision to use them in my last run. At the start of Q3 I did a pretty good time on the supersoft, but for me I didn't think we could go quicker on that tyre, so I wanted to try the soft again.

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