Lewis Hamilton: Barcelona F1 win a 'rejuvenating experience'

Lewis Hamilton: Barcelona F1 win a 'rejuvenating experience'

After a breathless and competitive season of Formula One, this weekend's action from the Spanish Grand Prix felt like a rerun.

But despite his growing confidence and an increased "synergy" with the auto, Hamilton was careful not to overstate the significance of his second successive win.

"It has been a rejuvenating experience", he said. "But the will to want to win this championship is greater than it's ever been". Not every win feels as great as this one.

"Today, the vehicle and myself, I felt that synergy which I hadn't been feeling for the whole year", Hamilton said. "We weren't happy with our cars" performance and we needed to sort it out. Hamilton was serene but stressed victory had by no means been a simple task.

"I have an issue", he said on the radio with his characteristic understatement and matter-offact existentialism, and it was a technical concern that Ferrari could not diagnose.

"For us it was not an option to stay out", Vettel said.

"We do after the five races now have a much, much better understanding of the vehicle, of what we need to do to get the auto to be working - but we still have learning to do, improvements to be made".


Despite the upturn, concerns remain at Mercedes as to whether their vehicle is able to put its tyres in the correct temperature operating window. After that I was really surprised they didn't have the pace to keep up with me.

Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors' picks. "We just need to continue like that, and for me also the wins will come". "We wanted to take care of the racing car.The ink is nearly dry, and when it is, we'll let you know", Wolff said. "Monaco, Hungary, Singapore. Part of why that is we know, but part is still a mystery".

"We will savor the result, but our thoughts are already turning to Monaco, to the struggles we had there past year and to how we can make sure not to suffer a repeat", Wolff said.

The Mercedes works better on the harder tyres but Monaco will have hypersoft rubber available for the first time at the track and chances are Mercedes will struggle again.

"It was going to be tough being behind Sebastian all the time".

Hamilton expected a renewed challenge from Red Bull, who also looked strong on the downforce-dependent final sector in Barcelona. "The others are going to be hard to beat", he said.

After fireworks in Baku with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, a costly collision with Vettel in Shanghai, a string of early-season incidents and now clipping his own wing against Lance Stroll's Williams Martini Racing, questions still remain over Verstappen's exuberant style. That is all downforce.

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