Mercedes restore order at top with Hamilton's win

Major concerns Toto Wolff admits Mercedes are worried

Major concerns Toto Wolff admits Mercedes are worried

The four-time world champion and Mercedes have been talking about a lucrative new deal since previous year, with regular assurances that it is on the point of being signed.

But the 33-year-old now sits 17 points clear of Sebastian Vettel at the top of the drivers' standings after winning by 20 seconds in Barcelona.

"I only said that we are loyal first of all to our drivers". "Honestly before the race we expected one stop was not going to be possible - at least to do the race quickly with one stop". This is the type of race that reminds spectators and drivers alike that Hamilton still has unrivaled pace.

Hamilton started the season with pole position in Melbourne but Ferrari won the first two races.

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"We've definitely got ourselves on to the right path".

"We spoke about potential options for next year or even later on this year, spreading the compounds out a little bit, making it a bit more racy. So we need to stay calm and humble, because it can be a different ball game again next time".

He added: "The pressure and the passion that I have to win this championship are far greater than I've ever had it". There are arguments for both sides, of course, but in principle we would all like to see more overtaking. Secondly, we struggled with the tyres.

Mercedes now do not have any drivers under contract for 2019 as Valtteri Bottas is also in the final year of his current deal.

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In qualifying, despite the Ferraris obviously not being 100 percent happy with their tyres, Sebastian Vettel managed to get within a sniff of pole position.

"The day didn't quite go according to our plan, Valtteri lost a place to Vettel off the line and whilst he had good pace, it's very hard to overtake here and on tyres of the same age we couldn't get close to a passing position", Shovlin explained.

With the exception of the seasonopening Melbourne race, the 33-year-old had so far this season appeared ill at ease in his Mercedes, fighting to impose his will on a capricious vehicle. At the same time, Fernando Alonso was delighting the home crowd with a bold outside pass on Ocon early in the race and pulled an epic move on rookie Charles Leclerc. "So we need to keep working hard and believe in our ability to improve things". However, the Haas of Romain Grosjean spun at Turn 3 and took out the Renault of Nico Hulkenberg and the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly.

After a relatively sluggish start to 2018, Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport's chief race engineer Andrew Shovlin has said that the team's first 1-2 finish of the season is a "great reward". It's the jewel in F1's crown, and Ferrari versus Mercedes versus Red Bull should be well and truly on.

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The F1 bandwagon will roll into Monte Carlo for the Monaco Grand Prix on 27 May.

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