After a phenomenal start to the 2018 season with back-to-back wins at Australia and Bahrain, Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel has now fallen behind world title rival Lewis Hamilton, as the gap further widened after the conclusion of Spanish Grand Prix.
Hamilton joined Mercedes from McLaren on a three-year deal in 2013 and renewed his contract for the same period of time mid-2015, meaning he is out of contract at the end of 2018.
Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche meanwhile, was among the bigwigs who watched Hamilton romp to glory from the team's garage on Sunday. Yet Hamilton's win came with a degree of caution. Not every win feels as great as this one.
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Following Sunday's disappointment, Sebastian Vettel completed 136 laps, over two Grands Prix distances.
"I find it a bit comical", said Vettel.
"I think there's been quite mixed races and the end results haven't been really I feel sometimes quite there, that I feel would have been possible with the pace we have", he added.
"I think we have the same ones for Paul Ricard and Silverstone so we need to have a look". They blistered very seriously and could have caused serious problems.More news: Preakness Stakes 2018: Justify prohibitive favorite in morning-line odds
"It's nearly all sorted", Mercedes boss Toto Wolff confirmed in the wake of Hamilton's victory in the Spanish GP.
"As with Valtteri, a one stop became the best strategy to defend the lead from there and managing the tyres and the pace was the goal from there to the finish". "That is something we know and he knows".
"We definitely go to Monaco on a high note, but we know that we still have a lot of work to do", Hamilton said. "And having a good weekend and putting it on pole and winning by a solid margin is very good for his confidence and anybody's confidence in the team".
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: "My mind is already on Monaco and I remember it wasn't a pleasant Sunday night past year". "Our programme included a series of aero test items with extra instrumentation on the vehicle in the early part of the day, which allowed him to get up to speed with how we operate and with understanding the VJM11". "Monaco is going be a serious challenge. It's hard to beat all of these records that he has".
Daniel Ricciardo, meanwhile, had an anonymous race.More news: Razak Brimah's Mamelodi Sundowns Set To Face Barcelona In A Friendly Today