Hamilton leads Mercedes front row lockout, Vettel third

Lewis Hamilton

Once again finishing first was not all it might be for Lewis Hamilton.

Scuderia Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third and fourth fastest in today's Spanish Grand Prix Free Practice sessions and believes that he and the team can be stronger tomorrow in qualifying. But in Spain, both Ferraris, Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso set their fastest time on the soft compound (the second fastest on offer in Barcelona).

Vettel said he was happy with his lap.

"That's what they said, yeah, something like that", said Hamilton, sitting alongside after securing pole position for Mercedes. The raft of upgrades introduced on the return to Europe do not look to have shifted the dynamic at the top of the grid.

Haas and Force India had the best showings of the teams behind the top three of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. That's largely down to the tyres being two steps softer than in 2017, but also a reflection of the relentless development race in F1 - Hamilton's time was also a second quicker than the best lap in winter testing.

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And while it looked like the updates Mercedes have brought to Barcelona had improved his vehicle, teammate Valtteri Bottas set the pace in the morning session, posting a time nearly a second faster than Hamilton.

On the other hand, Ferrari appeared to have lost a little ground to both teams, though Lewis Hamilton suspects all is not what it seems. He might have won still had he shown more patience when hunting down Valtteri Bottas.

Most teams brought significant updates to their cars as F1 returned to Europe after races in Australia, Bahrain, China and Azerbaijan.

He celebrated by crunching through the time zones to NY where the Met Gala awaited.

"It's much better", said Alonso of the auto. "Every driver was struggling with the changing direction of the wind".

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"We always want to go faster, we want to improve technology, push the boundaries and limits, one of the exciting things this year is we are breaking records". "These conditions make it very hard to define where the setup needs to go".

"I mean, we are drivers, not to say that we know everything - we don't know anything about engineering the vehicle - but we know how the cars feel, how to drive the cars and their limitations to overtake", added the German. "I hope everyone will enjoy it!" Hamilton, the world championship leader headed the Red Bull pairing after a closely-contested session.

As on Friday, the champions were quickly in the groove and demonstrated more competitive speed than in practice at recent Grands Prix.

"We've had one pole [this season] but I don't think we've had any great qualifying sessions after that", he said. "Could be P1 or P6 (qualifying), but that makes it exciting".

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