Formula One: The Spanish Grand Prix takes us back to 2017

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won the 2018 Spanish Formula One Grand Prix.

Hamilton and the rest of Mercedes-AMG made their mark as early as qualifying.

Hamilton would have been concerned to see Vettel's Ferrari directly behind him, his title rival having passed Bottas at the start.

"It was a rejuvenating experience", Hamilton said. "But the will to want to win this championship is greater than it's ever been". I felt that synergy which I hadn't been feeling for the whole year.

"Today, the auto and myself, I felt that synergy today, which I hadn't been feeling for the whole year", he said immediately after pulling up in parc ferme. Game over? Hamilton's fortuitous victory on the streets of Baku has opened the floodgates to the sort of dominant performances we saw in Spain and it'll be Hammer-time from now until the end of the year. That meant a lights to flag victory for reigning world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

"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.

"I was pushing every single lap using it as a test bench to understand what I liked about the balance and how can I play with it more and how can I squeeze more out of it and do all sorts to understand what more I can get from".

Despite the upturn, concerns remain at Mercedes as to whether their vehicle is able to put its tyres in the correct temperature operating window.

It was the first one-two of the season for Mercedes, which had struggled to keep pace with the Ferraris.

Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors' picks. "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. "It's very hard to undo the DNA of the vehicle and Monaco, Singapore and Budapest were all tracks where we underperformed and it's a great challenge for us to come back this year".

At the long, quick turn three, it was Magnussen, catching his vehicle as it twitched on cold tyres, that caught Grosjean out.

"As much as I am overwhelmed by the victory, my mind is already in Monaco and I remember Sunday night wasn't as pleasant past year".

"My job is not to worry so much but preparing by extracting as much as I can from my engineers; to make sure the debrief is good, to reconnect with them later in the week once they have downloaded everything, and see that we have followed through with all the things that I have asked them to do". "Monaco is going be a serious challenge". He said: "If you're happy with your wife, you don't look at other women". At the start, he dropped a position to a quick-moving Sebastian Vettel and held in tow for the mid-section of the race.

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