Pirelli right to tweak tyres for Barcelona says Vettel

Tanya Simon
May 17, 2018

And this is all the more threatening to rivals because the Circuit de Catalunya is arguably the most representative circuit visited so far this season.

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Hamilton made a clean start from the rest and led into Turn One.

Nikita Mazepin was fifth quickest as he completed more than 100 laps for Force India, with this weekend's GP3 feature race victor enjoying another outing for the team. When you're a team and a manufacturer at the same time, you can do that. Mercedes, meanwhile, were the most obvious beneficiaries. 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. Silverstone hosted the first grand prix back in 1950, and F1 felt it would be fitting for the Northamptonshire airfield to host next year's landmark race, too, meaning the event would move from its July slot to April. This year was perhaps even more spectacular as Romain Grosjean overreacted to his teammate Magnussen losing traction at Turn Three.

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"I find it a bit comical", said Vettel. He was alone out front after making some smart calls with the little excitement the virtual safety auto was able to provide. The decision to pit the Finn two laps after Vettel was down to the difficulty in getting the medium compound up to optimal working temperatures. Hamilton took a blistering pole position with Bottas perched in second, the Brit able to stretch his lead out comfortably before his sole pitstop. At the start, he dropped a position to a quick-moving Sebastian Vettel and held in tow for the mid-section of the race. The street circuit demands setups that work well on slow corners, traditionally a strength for Ferrari and Red Bull. This isn't good news for Raikkonen who has just changed to his second engine of the season. We are not engineers but in the end of the day we are the ones that know what's going on in a racing situation, so fore sure, we should be, I guess, consulted about it. Speaking of which, the rookie was making yet another impression by staying in the top ten for the most of the race. Sauber's Marcus Ericsson was excellent as he defended his ninth place from Renault's Carlos Sainz.

Mercedes owned the front row with Lewis Hamilton [VIDEO] followed by teammate Valtteri Bottas. By now Verstappen had bizarrely run into the back of Williams' Lance Stroll and lost the end-plate on his front-wing.

In the end, the Ferrari's gamble would not pay off for Sebastian Vettel and likely cost him a podium finish.

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