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Mercedes restore order at top with Hamilton's win

Mercedes restore order at top with Hamilton's win

Mercedes restore order at top with Hamilton's win

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.

The team has two of the most exciting drivers on the F1 roster in their lineup, and despite some downbeat moments, they look on course to dominate this campaign. "Let's keep this up".

Lewis Hamilton enjoyed a pole-to-flag victory with Brackley team-mate Valtteri Bottas second at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Mercedes' one-two today gives them the lead in the constructor's standings and Hamilton extends his lead in the driver's standings to 17 points over Vettel, heading to the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo in two weeks' time. There's been no weekends that I've been really way off the pace, like there was a few past year.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: "My mind is already on Monaco and I remember it wasn't a pleasant Sunday night a year ago".

"So it's a good feeling".

"I would be careful with predictions", the Austrian told reporters on Sunday night as championship leader Hamilton celebrated his second win in a row and third in Spain. "It's hard to beat all of these records that he has".

The same thinner treads will be used in both the French and British Grand Prix later this season in a bid to prevent overheating issues on what will be freshly re-laid tarmac at both venues, but Vettel hopes Ferrari will be able to learn from their exploits in Spain to have better races at the Circuit Paul Ricard and Silverstone.

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"This weekend we got ourselves on the right path", Hamilton said.

"I was not translated correctly", Wolff said referring to him dismissing Ricciardo's chances of driving for Mercedes, as quoted on Planet F1.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands, gestures during a press conference at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017.

Local favourites Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso were seventh and eighth while Charles LeClerc and Sergio Perez rounded out the top 10.

Having made his sole stop of the race on lap 19, six laps before his teammate, Valtteri Bottas faced the daunting task of making his medium tyres last another 47 laps. "I'm not pushing for that only, it's definitely my target and I'm always trying to deliver the best I can and be as professional as I can be". He lost time in the pits and came back onto the track behind Verstappen, and was unable to make up the difference despite the newer tyres.

Asked by Autosport whether he felt vindicated by the outcome of Vettel's back-to-back testing of the tyres, Pirelli Formula 1 chief Mario Isola said: "Absolutely".

"So I think it was the correct call, and it was our fault not to have the same tyre wear or life as other people".

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